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Just hours after releasing our investigation into who’s funding the White Helmets, the news broke—the State Department has ceased funding the controversial group.

But is that true? What funding has been cut?

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Ben Swann has spent 18 years working as a journalist in broadcast news, behind and in front of the camera. Swann began his journalism career in El Paso, Texas as a news photographer, quickly working his way up to prime time anchor.  Along the way, Swann became a two time Emmy Award winner and two time recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award. Covering Mexico’s drug war, Ben Swann discovered the national media was not reporting the truth of what was actually happening in Mexico’s drug war or the problems associated with the failed “War on Drugs” in the United States.   In 2010, Ben moved north to Cincinnati, Ohio, earning the prime time anchor seat at FOX 19 and soon became the producer/anchor of a viral segment titled “Reality Check.”  Covering the 2012 Republican Presidential primary, Swann confronted problems in the American electoral process, the stranglehold of America’s two party system and the suppression of voters’ choices by mainstream media. During this time, Swann became the first journalist in the nation to take on President Barack Obama face to face regarding the Constitutionality of his “kill list” and is the only journalist to confront Mitt Romney about the railroading of duly elected delegates during the 2012 Republican National Convention.  Swann’s bold approach created an internet firestorm strong enough for Swann to venture from his position as anchor at FOX 19 in Cincinnati, launching his own independent platform. Upon establishing the Truth In Media Project at BenSwann.com in June of 2013, Swann’s brand met immediate success. Swann launched the Truth in Media project through crowdfunding and has created two seasons of “Truth in Media” videos that examined subjects such as the truth behind cannabis and CBD oil, the origin of ISIS, the roots of police militarization and more. These videos have millions of combined views online. Ben Swann is now the industry leader for independent journalists, shattering the “Left vs. Right” paradigm, with a sharp focus on restoring Truth In Media. With over 400,000 combined Facebook followers, 53,000 YouTube subscribers, and monthly pageviews surpassing 2 million per month, Swann’s impact and influence is undeniable. In May of 2015, Benswann.com expanded its role as a disruptive force in American media and made the transition to TruthinMedia.com, partnering with even more voices across the political spectrum. Following a hiatus from Truth In Media and Reality Check, Swann has revived both with thanks to an exclusive sponsorship from the network of Dash, a digital currency system. Dash’s revolutionary, decentralized network harmonizes with Swann’s longstanding commitment to objective and independent reporting. With this historic partnership, Swann, Truth In Media and Reality Check are continuing to speak truth to power. 

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  • What role (if any) should the gov’t play in the continued funding of cutting-edge scientific research? According to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development), approximately 10% of all R&D conducted globally is directly funded by governments, with approximately 60% done by private industry and 20% by educational institutions. Granted, this number probably doesn’t take into account indirect gov’t funding through tax subsidies and incentives. That 10% goes towards projects on the cutting edge of science, such as NASAs various space ventures and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (funded through the governments of the member states). Proponents of big gov’t science, such as Neil Degrasse Tyson, have stated in the past that projects like these are unlikely to be privately funded due to their high risk, high cost, and lack of return on investment. Gov’t, claims Tyson, is required to make the initial step and take all the risk so that private firms can follow in its wake with a clear picture of the requirements of such endeavours. TAM 2011: Our Future in Space Would such high risk, high cost projects be possible without gov’t backing?

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  • It looks like as of this morning that there is no longer a way to add news articles. The submit button takes you to the entertainment “Create” page. There does not seem to be any other option than images, film, or music, which clearly does not cover most news stories. Am I missing something?

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  • Hello – this is troi+ founder of eris.tv or ‘the Eris Episodes’, which one might call a decentralized ‘shark tank’ for voluntaryist entrepreneurs. Eris, is the Greek goddess of chaos, who, it has been written, pitched the ‘golden apple of discord’, inscribed “kallisti” or “to the fairest”, upon a feast of the gods, thus sparking a vanity-fueled dispute among Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, that eventually led to the Trojan War. Episode (plural episodes) An incident or action standing out by itself, but more or less connected with a complete series of events. An installment of a drama told in parts, as in a TV series. the Eris Episodes…. As many inhabitants of liberty.me know, the Eris Society, founded by Doug Casey in 1981, was a loose association of free-thinkers who met once per year in Aspen, Colorado, to share original and discordant ideas. Eris.tv hopes to pick up where Casey and his fellow Erisians left off in 2007, with two big differences. The first and obvious difference is that it’s 2015 and we have a lot better communication and collaboration technology now, thus, eris.tv can be participated in without getting on an airplane. The second difference is methodological. Where the original Eris Society was more about the discussion of libertarian ideas in their abstract, (note that I only attended Eris 2000 so I am not an authority on this point)… these new ‘eris episodes’ will be all about entrepreneurs designing, building, and launching the voluntaryist enterprises that might engineer us freedom in reality. I can think of several projects right now that have founders which would make great ‘apple tossers’ and I am sure you can too. If you, or someone you know, have a voluntaryist enterprise that you think would benefit from being pitched on eris.tv then you should contact me. Before I get into the nuts and bolts of how I think that eris.tv might opperate with decentralized awesomeness… let me just say a few words about branding. I started off working on this idea about a month ago within the NXT crypto community, and called it nxtpit.ch (which was a fitting name for the concept). However, I now feel that a broader reaching brand is needed to include both goldbugs and bitslugs too, as well as include the elusive anarcho-capitalist often found here on liberty.me Before tentatively deciding on eris.tv this morning, I wrote out several brands (domains) which may or may not be good fits for the idea of “a ‘shark tank’ for voluntaryist entrepreneurs”. Here are the runners up… please inform me if you like one more than eris.tv or if you have a better name! Thanks. nxtpit.ch (got it) libertypit.ch nextpit.ch freepit.ch fundpit.ch openpit.ch creativepit.ch creativemo.de (got it) eris.tv (got it) eris.fund erisfund.com prometheum.io (got it) herdofcats.co (just joking) freedomengineering.org (got it)   eris.tv in a nutshell; a platform for voluntaryist entrepreneurs to pitch enterprises that will strike a note of discord with authoritarian infrastructure, while at the same time, twang harmoniously with the jug band of individual liberty.   Participants are free to, (1) watch eris.tv and post questions to the ‘apple tosser’, (2) invest capital, code, or other creative skills in exchange for product, equity, or “thanks!”, (3) volunteer to produce an Eris Episode, especially if they have a profit motive in doing so, (4) volunteer to pitch their own voluntaryist enterprise, and (5) volunteer to play the role of one of the Greek gods (our version of ‘shark’ or ‘dragon’), and question, negotiate, invest, or strike a mortal with a lightning bolt. Second half of this post is forthcoming, tonight before the live event, ‘Free Spirits’ at 10 pm eastern here on liberty.me ~ cheers

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  • First of all, I am unsure whether there is a more suitable category to file this under, if there is, I apologize in advance. I would like to know what are your thoughts on the News Feed Experiment Facebook conducted. In short, they removed posts with expressions tied to specific emotions. In one group, “happy” and “positive” posts were removed, as in the other, the “sad” posts did not show. This was done in order to watch the effects that the contents of the news feed had in your own status updates, or at least, that’s how I understood it. There has been vast outcry from the some media sources, as well as from the general public, questioning the ethics, and even suggesting an Orwellian side to the experiment. I’m not sure what to make of all of this. on one hand, it seems this type of situations is included in the Terms and Conditions. However, messing with a person’s state of mind through selective exposition, while interesting, is at least, of questionable ethics. Comments on this?

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  • What’s your favorite investing sites? – I use news aggregators to find good articles to read: 321gold.com, dollarcollapse.com – I use the GATA and SGTreport RSS feeds for higher volume blasting. – I listen to all of the interviews I can: kwn, usawatchdog, liberty&finance, tekoa desilva when he was active, etc. – I have a good collection of blogs via my news aggregator (I use feedly now and previously google reader) but I find it easy to fall out of the habit of reading them. After I’ve read a blog for a while, I’ve usually internalized their worldview and then start to find their stuff predictable, and then my reading falls off. What about you?  

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