Hey, this is kind of off topic, but have you heard about NASA has been overlooking evidence if life on Venus for decades? It all started with declassified Soviet era imagery from the Venera probes, which show what appears to be some sort of small creature on the surface. A closer analysis of the probe's data revealed that the Venusian atmosphere is anomalously depleted of hydrogen near the surface, which is believed to only be possible due to biological activity. Radar returns from orbiters show strange surface features that seem to come and go with the seasons. And finally reanalysis of meteorites originating from Venus has revealed what can only be microfossils, clearly indicating the presence of life on ancient Venus.
So what do you think? Does that seem credible to you? Do you believe it? Would you believe it if you saw that story on one of your favorite websites?
You shouldn't. Because I know for a fact that it's complete bullshit. Because I just made it up off the top of my had. Completely pulled it out of my ass.
Seriously, if you had read that online somewhere, would you have believed it? Would you have thought to check it? Would you even know how to check it?
You cannot tell whether or not a story is true simply on the basis of whether or not it sounds good. It is not at all hard to simply make up a story that sounds good. That's why con artist is one of the oldest professions out there. Credibility of your sources matters. Professionalism matters. Expertise matters. And saying that, "Well activism is all journalism," is saying that there's no such thing as objective truth, that there's no such thing as real facts. That there's only what you want to hear, what you want to believe, and what serves to stroke your ego. That's saying that's all you care about and nothing else matters to you. Is that the sort of person you are? Is that the sort of person you want to be?
The agenda of real journalists is the truth. Period. The fact that they do not just tell you what you want to hear does not make them part of grand liberal conspiracy out to get you.
Yes, the Chinese government is authoritarian, oppressive, and has global ambitions. Yes, they are the US's greatest long term strategic challenge. No, they are not out to deliberately start a war. They're despots, not idiots. And they know full well just how devastating a war with the US would be to their country. And you should know just how devastating a war with China would be to the US. You need to stop thinking of war as a legitimate tool of diplomacy. It's not. It's how the world ends.