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February 26, 2019, 04:12:46 PM
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I would like to start by thanking Flying Helfish for cleaning up the PS sub (and theymos for getting a mod for the PS sub) as political discourse is now allowed, verses previously when there was so much garbage, it was effectively impossible (or very difficult) to have an intelligent discussion.

With the above being said, I have noticed a decent amount of what I believe to be pro-Madura (the illegitimate president of Venezuela) propaganda by a number of posters. These people are effectively posting disinformation.

I have also noticed a number of what I believe to believe left wing political operatives posting. I am unsure if they are the same person/associated with the same entity. They are posting disinformation to push a left wing agenda.

My question is what should be done about this? I obviously believe people should be able to post their opinion, and it is best if the forum doesn’t moderate for truth (and accurate conclusions based on a fact set). 

If nothing else, this thread can serve as a reference to this activity. Perhaps there could be a sticky warning that propaganda and political operatives may be posting in the PS sub and that people should do their own research to form their own conclusions and opinions.

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..the illegitimate president of Venezuela..

These people are effectively posting disinformation.
Mirrors are fun.

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February 26, 2019, 04:21:08 PM
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..the illegitimate president of Venezuela..

These people are effectively posting disinformation.
Mirrors are fun.
I am not surprised to see you write that...

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February 26, 2019, 04:27:02 PM
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..the illegitimate president of Venezuela..

These people are effectively posting disinformation.
Mirrors are fun.
I am not surprised to see you write that...
CIA agents make for very good legitimate presidents. Roll Eyes

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February 26, 2019, 04:30:52 PM
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So are you suggesting that lies should be moderated?  I'm really not into politics myself, but I know damn well that what one person considers an untruth might be understood quite differently by someone else and often the truth is hard to discern.  I would also think that you wouldn't want a moderator to censor anything in that section, as it would introduce a lot of bias in what posts ultimately are allowed--though I'm pretty sure FH is fair.

I tend to think Theymos probably doesn't want to filter anything in P&S.  If you think someone is spreading false info, you can obviously feel free to correct them.  And it's the internet.  People are going to write bullshit all the time.  We ought to trust that readers engage their critical thinking skills when browsing that section and don't need to be a truth nanny.

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February 26, 2019, 04:44:40 PM
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Isn't Maduro the democratically elected president of Venezuela. Are you suggesting that a graduate of the George Washington University for regime change agents, that has not been elected, has more right to run the country?

We are all trying to get out of the control of the City of London ( this includes Britain ). It would be better if you could help America regain its independence, rather than trying to steal Venezuelan oil

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February 26, 2019, 04:47:59 PM
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a left wing agenda

Would a right wing agenda be more acceptable to you?

Use "Ignore" and stop concern-trolling. I think Maduro is a shitbag like you, but I also think both Maduro's and your asslickers have the right to exist.

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February 26, 2019, 04:53:31 PM
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So are you suggesting that lies should be moderated? 

No.

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I am saying there should be a warning that propaganda and disinformation posted by professionals may be posted.

Discussion with some of these people is not the same as having a discussion with your neighbor, friend or acquaintance.

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February 26, 2019, 04:57:05 PM
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Guaido is the jockey riding on the Trojan horse of the US. Should we not be able to state this?

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February 26, 2019, 05:02:09 PM
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I am saying there should be a warning that propaganda and disinformation posted by professionals may be posted.
Then that would be just as useless as any warning on any forum that tells you people are going to lie or otherwise say crazy things.  That should be understood by anyone who's used the internet for more than a month--and I don't think the politics section here draws its viewership from toddlers.  Just give it a rest. 

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Guaido is the jockey riding on the Trojan horse of the US. Should we not be able to state this?

You should be able and you are able to state such views in P&S. Just like TECSHARE, Quickseller, bluefirewhatshername, or any other nutjob (not that I consider you a nutjob, JC Wink ) is able to do so as well. I can't see what the problem is, other than Quicksy not liking someone's opinion, again.

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The problem with the politics board is that most posters believe the government propaganda, and they are only interested in the petty politicians, and not the global initiative that is under way. It's taken me a while, but I'm starting to get a feel for the Venezuela problem, and it is really quite worrying. I find it difficult to discuss it sensibly with anyone.

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It's obvious that the US is heavily propagandizing for Guaidó, and other governments (Russia?) are heavily propagandizing for Maduro. Neither side is good, though you might argue that one or the other is a lesser evil. I think that bitcointalk.org P&S is too small to have direct political operatives, but people are repeating the propaganda they've taken to heart.

Anyway, fight propaganda with truth. The current situation is far from requiring any extra mod action.

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It is believed that in 1918 US Senator Hiram Warren Johnson stated that the first casualty of war is truth, so with which "truth" should we arm ourselves? Smiley

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I tried to introduce sex into my coffee lounge thread, but people seem to prefer politics.

Maybe I should try religion next. I could start a discussion about Wicca, I think we may have a few secret adepts here. Smiley

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Well until someone calls me a Nazi I just don't know how to respond in a thread discussing moderating...

Lying and or pushing an alternative agenda is not against the forum rules afaik, if a specific user/post is breaking forum rules please report them and they will be dealt with.  You are free to start your own echo chamber thread (self mod'd) and you can circle jerk about Gauido or Maduro or the big bad deep state all you want!

If there are operatives here they are wasting there time and money, P&S is just a handful of crazies.

You definitely don't want me to moderate truth or there would be no anti vax or anti climate change threads/posts allowed.

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February 27, 2019, 07:34:34 AM
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a left wing agenda

Would a right wing agenda be more acceptable to you?
I don't want any agenda being pushed by political operatives without warning. Left or right wing. I am currently seeing what I believe to be left wing operatives in PS currently.

Guaido is the jockey riding on the Trojan horse of the US. Should we not be able to state this?

You should be able and you are able to state such views in P&S. Just like TECSHARE, Quickseller, bluefirewhatshername, or any other nutjob (not that I consider you a nutjob, JC Wink ) is able to do so as well. I can't see what the problem is, other than Quicksy not liking someone's opinion, again.
The issue is not disliking someone's opinion, it is that I believe propaganda is being spread in PS. A warning that propaganda is not removed and that political operatives may be posting would not stop anyone from posting their opinion, it may however make said propaganda less effective by encouraging people to independently verify claimed facts, and approach conversations with a critical eye.

It's obvious that the US is heavily propagandizing for Guaidó, and other governments (Russia?) are heavily propagandizing for Maduro.
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I think that bitcointalk.org P&S is too small to have direct political operatives, but people are repeating the propaganda they've taken to heart.
If you believe both sides are pushing propaganda, then perhaps a warning to verify information read may decrease its effectiveness. An operative may operate in many forums under many personalities as writing on a forum is a very efficient way to communicate.


Lying and or pushing an alternative agenda is not against the forum rules afaik,
I am not asking these people to be censored:
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You are free to start your own echo chamber thread (self mod'd) and you can circle jerk about Gauido or Maduro or the big bad deep state all you want!
I have seen some people post in what I believe to be bad faith, and what I believe to be outright lies that have no basis in fact. Perhaps they actually believe what they are posting, but I believe they are pushing disinformation.


You definitely don't want me to moderate truth or there would be no anti vax
The anti-vax movement is able to spread solely because of propaganda and lies. If those who believe these lies knew not to take what is said to them at face value then perhaps they would get their kids vaccinated.



There are warnings about scammers all over the marketplace subs. I don't see why there shouldn't be warnings about other people being up to no good other places they might try to create mischief. 

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Vaccinations kill people, and are being used to weaken immune systems, and hook people into reliance on the drugs sold by big pharma.

You don't need to read propaganda to realise this. You just need to look around you, and stop to thin about what you see. Why is it that the most heavily vaccination nation in the world, the US, has the most unhealthy population, and the highest incidence of immune deficiency disorders.

Congrats to Theymos and the moderators for not going down the mass media line, and suppressing anything that doesn't fit the globalist agenda.

You don't have to be Einstein to realise that if the US really was interested in humanitarian aid, they would have diverted the unneeded Trojan Horse feed away fro Venezuela, and sent it to the flood disaster area in Columbia, where it really is needed. Of course if you are really Frankenstein, then you can continue to support the US initiative, and their attempt to turn Venezuela into a cemetery.

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I tried to introduce sex into my coffee lounge thread, but people seem to prefer politics.

Maybe I should try religion next. I could start a discussion about Wicca, I think we may have a few secret adepts here. Smiley
I think it would be better to say no to religion or politics, I do not want to say anything about these issues, They only cause one another to debate, and nothing else.


I am saying there should be a warning that propaganda and disinformation posted by professionals may be posted.

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I have seen some people post in what I believe to be bad faith, and what I believe to be outright lies that have no basis in fact. Perhaps they actually believe what they are posting, but I believe they are pushing disinformation.

I have seen the exact same thing tbh, the reality is you and I will disagree vehemently on many of those issues and I assure you I will end up moderating something you don't consider bad faith or dis-information.  It's a slippery slope and it's clear to me that theymos doesn't want the forum to go down that road.  

The anti-vax movement is able to spread solely because of propaganda and lies. If those who believe these lies knew not to take what is said to them at face value then perhaps they would get their kids vaccinated.

The anti-vax movement is able to spread because people are too stupid to use their own fucking brains for a fraction of a second.  All the warnings in the world aren't going to fix stupid.


There are warnings about scammers all over the marketplace subs. I don't see why there shouldn't be warnings about other people being up to no good other places they might try to create mischief.  

Healthy skepticism should be a part of any information consumers mindset, I think you are drastically over estimating the impact P&S has on the outside world there are just a handful of users there on a regular basis.  There are more nut jobs than sane folk in P&S and honestly no one is changing anyone's view or the world with posts in P&S.

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