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Diane Francis
7/11/2016 08:00 AM EDT

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David Ashton
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lies...damned lies...
David Ashton   7/12/2016 5:22:13 PM
Nice idea...but the real trick is to stop people believing what they WANT to believe.  This was evidenced by a guy I saw on TV recently who had been fleeced of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a pretty basic Nigerian style scam and remained unconvinced that he would NOT get the ten million dollars eventually.

The internet has made things worse, not better.  Lies can now get ALL the way round the world....  Max the Magnificent has a lovely quote at the end of his emails...

"It's sometimes difficult to determine if quotes found on the Internet are genuine or not." 
-- Abraham Lincoln.

I (like most people it seems) get a lot of rubbish sent to me in emails.  I used to go to Snopes.com, find the relevant debunking page, and send it back to my correspondents, who would usually reply "Oh, I didn't realise that was wrong...".  Grrr...  but I spent half my life doing that so nowdays I usually don't bother.  There are none so blind as those who will not see....

 

Diane Francis
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Re: probably not churchill
Diane Francis   7/12/2016 11:15:42 AM
This is not a factual statement but an opinion.

However, here's the source: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/winstonchu103564.html

This challenge is about someone saying something is black when it's white.

It's not about rating opinions but rating accuracy into one of four demonstrably sourced categories: true, somewhat true, false, somewhat false -- instantly if possible.

 

 

Diane Francis
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Re: Love the idea
Diane Francis   7/12/2016 11:11:45 AM
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We have a dozen registrants from seven countries who come from various disciplines and interests.

It will be amazing to see what emerging technologies can do to ferret out falsehoods instantly.

Please encourage anyone to take a crack at this. The idea is to solicit innovation out of the box.

 

jeremybirch
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probably not churchill
jeremybirch   7/12/2016 10:42:03 AM
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See

http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/07/13/truth/

It seems this idea was coined a long time before Churchill, and the phrasing of it is most likely American and not English - 'pants' in the UK means underpants or shorts - which makes you wonder what truth was doing at the time. The original seems more likely to have used 'boots' or a similar garment.

Was this meant to be an illustration of inaccurate facts being spread? ;)

 

 

 

 

 

HowieRF
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Love the idea
HowieRF   7/11/2016 10:43:51 AM
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I hope someone can come up with some good ideas here - but it seems like we need something more than what an engineer can provide as many sites don't care if their information is false, just if it generates lots of readership.

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