Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D

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Yikes. Suspected foreign hackers have breached nine organizations in the defense, energy, health care, technology and education sectors. This is described as an “ongoing effort to steal key data from US defense contractors and other sensitive targets.” cnn.com/2021/11/07/pol…
I hope Biden invites Big Bird to the White House just to put the icing on this cake.
Do you guys remember this (from 2016)? There were “official” reports about clowns jumping out of the bushes, and police even started advising people on what to do if they encountered a “killer clown”. It was just another social panic. theguardian.com/culture/2016/o…
Again, I think we need to wait for more information to come in. Maybe it will turn out to be an incredibly rare but true story — but based on the information that has been released thus far, I’m skeptical and I’d urge you to not to accept it as fact simply b/c a cop said it.
From what I’ve heard about the alleged incident at Astroworld, police haven’t even talked to the security guard who was supposedly “spiked” — in fact, it sounds like they haven’t even located them! The police officer who “confirmed” the report was relaying a story from a medic.
Vice reported on the surge of reports of “needle spiking” (stealthily injecting someone w/ drugs to incapacitate them) in the UK, and every expert they talked to agreed that it’s highly unlikely this is actually happening because it would be so hard to do. vice.com/en/article/wxd…
Also worth mentioning that police aren’t always the most reliable sources of information, especially when it involves opiate-related moral panic (specifically, fentanyl). nbcnews.com/news/us-news/v…
This feels like some weird urban legend/mass panic mixed with anti-vaccine fears, tbh. I’ll wait for more information, but I’m extremely skeptical. It’s probably also worth mentioning that there’s a big panic about this among young people in the U.K. right now.
This doesn’t make sense. You can’t just stab someone with a needle and overdose them. That’s not how it works. Unless the person had amazing aim and managed to hit a vein and then keep the needle in there long enough to empty the syringe, I don’t see how this is even possible. twitter.com/cbsnews/status…
If they can blame the concert goers, then none of the companies or officials involved in organizing the concert and maintaining the safety of attendees have to take responsibility for what was, quite clearly, an unsafe and overcrowded venue.
So there were drugs at Astroworld. Ok…but there are drugs at most concerts. That doesn’t really tell us much. I think it’s far more meaningful that the production company had a horrible safety record, and the venue had too many people but not nearly enough security or medics.
There’s a lot of misinformation swirling around what happened at Astroworld — some of which appears to be making its way through official channels — so I’d just like to remind everyone that the mundane answers almost always end up being the correct ones.
Stay home — Black Friday is a sham “holiday” anyway. Enjoy the time with your family, do some online shopping, and don’t risk your health or life for a good deal on a new TV that you may never get to use.
After what happened at Astroworld, all I can think about is how bad Black Friday is going to be. We’ve already seen stampedes and deadly fights break out over Black Friday sales, and you know this year is going to be worse coming off 18+ months of being stuck at home.
Hey, @TwitterSafety? This account (@Covid_vaxCards, ID 881315685510639617, previously named @Quavious_daisy) appears to be selling forged COVID vaccination cards in violation of both Twitter policy and a bunch of laws. twitter.com/Covid_vaxCards…
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The way to right this wrong is not to send Glenn Youngkin’s son to prison for half a decade. That’s not justice. Justice is reversing Crystal Mason’s sentence and not condemning people to prison for years for committing non-violent crimes.
The woman on the left (Crystal Mason) was sentenced to five years in prison for mistakenly trying to vote when she was actually ineligible. Glenn Youngkin’s son is facing no charges for *twice* trying to vote despite clearly being too young to vote.
Wow. Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s 17-year-old son tried to cast a ballot two different times on Election Day even though he is not yet eligible to vote, election officials confirmed. nbcwashington.com/news/local/nor…
August 2018: Russian business executive falls out of a window and dies. twitter.com/rvawonk/status…
October 2019: Russian lawyer/key witness falls out of a window and dies. twitter.com/RVAwonk/status…
January 2020: Reporter for Russian propaganda outlet Sputnik News falls out of a window and dies. twitter.com/RVAwonk/status…
May 2020: Russian doctor/witness falls out of a window and dies. twitter.com/RVAwonk/status…
This will not be a complete list, but here are some other notable deaths involving Russians falling out of windows… July 2020: Police major/witness twitter.com/rvawonk/status…
A Russian diplomat was found dead in Berlin, Germany, after reportedly falling out the window at the embassy. He was reportedly working undercover as an intelligence officer for Russia’s FSB. themoscowtimes.com/2021/11/05/rus…
The only reason Jacob Wohl is trending on Twitter right now is because people took his post from another platform and brought it here to react to it. This is a participatory cycle; if you stop participating, the cycle grinds to a halt.
I always talk about the supply & demand sides of disinformation — and how we need to focus more on the demand side of the problem — and this is a prime example. Jacob Wohl can put out all the outrage bait he wants, but it only gets traction because of the reaction to it.
Jacob Wohl is an outrage troll. He uses stunts like this to get attention and make money because he knows the Internet can’t resist outrage bait. Trust me when I say that the most devastating thing you could possibly say about Jacob Wohl is absolutely nothing at all.
In January 2021, I signed a contract @nytimes to publish an oped about how Tyson needed to vaccinate meat processing workers. After I informed Tyson of the oped (it had been fact-checked, translated into Spanish & the photos edited) it was suddenly killed. Nice PR story today.
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The family donated the body to a group called MedEd Labs, which sold the body to a different group called “Death Science”. That group then dissected the body in a Marriott Hotel ballroom at an event promising to give audience members "an up close & personal look at the cadaver.”
omfg. A 98-yr-old COVID-19 victim's body was dissected in front of an audience at a $500-a-ticket event in a hotel ballroom w/o the family’s consent. They had donated the body with the expectation that it would be used for medical research. insider.com/covid-19-victi…
It took less than 3 hours for this to become a meme, if you’re keeping track. twitter.com/brikeilarcnn/s…
There’s a lot of talk about QAnon being a threat to democracy — and to be clear, conspiracy theories are absolutely a threat to a functioning, democratic society — but low voter turnout also undermines the democratic process, yet it gets a tiny fraction of the attention.
I woke up yesterday to news that QAnon fans were gathering for the revival of JFK Jr. and went to sleep with the news that even NJ’s election was too close to call, and wow we’re in trouble if we can’t even mobilize people to vote but they can mobilize people for a dead guy.
New: At least 6 Republicans who attended the Jan. 6 rally which turned into the insurrection were elected to office on Tuesday huffpost.com/entry/january-…
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Oh wow. The U.S. government has just blacklisted Israeli spyware firms NSO and Candiru for harming “national security and interests.” haaretz.com/israel-news/u-…
There’s a huge affective component to mis/disinformation, but we kind of just ignore it for some reason. We will never be able to respond to the problem effectively without addressing that. Rational appeals just don’t work on people who were persuaded by feelings.
I keep seeing people trying to fact-check the anti-CRT crowd by saying that CRT isn’t even taught in K-12, but the thing is, it doesn’t matter & that’s not the point. It *feels* true to that crowd, and the feeling is what matters. That’s why they bought a lie in the first place.
McAuliffe wasn’t a great candidate; this is true. But is that why Democrats lost? I highly doubt it. Given the state of the Republican Party, a paper bag should be able to win against them. The results we’re seeing in VA (& NJ) speak to bigger issues than just likeability.
There’s going to be a tendency to blame the Virginia governor’s race on McAuliffe being a bad candidate, but I’d urge you not to accept that. First of all, it doesn’t explain New Jersey. More importantly, it’s an easy excuse that doesn’t require introspection or change.
I have so much to say about this, but I’ll keep it short for now and just say that 2022 is right around the corner, and we are wholly unprepared for it. twitter.com/Redistrict/sta…
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Facebook claims it is getting rid of its facial recognition feature, saying it needs to weigh the benefits against growing concerns about the technology.  bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Wow. The Federal Election Commission just ruled that foreign donors can finance U.S. referendum campaigns, opening the door to foreign spending on fights over high-profile policy issues. axios.com/fec-foreign-mo…
Wow, Pennsylvania is offering 5 days of paid leave to any state employees who get vaccinated against COVID-19 before the end of the year. 6abc.com/covid-19-vacci…
The same network of Twitter accounts has also reportedly amplified news of other ransomware attacks carried out by the same group of hackers.
This is interesting: After a mysterious Russian hacking group announced last week that it had carried out a successful ransomware attack against the NRA, a network of hundreds of Twitter trolls amplified news of the attack across Twitter. thedailybeast.com/a-mysterious-n…
Did Wolf Blitzer really get sent to the wrong city for the UN climate conference, or…?
The debate over free speech on campus was never even about speech. It has always been about power, and it still is today. twitter.com/RVAwonk/status…
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