June 8, 2018

Snopes Hides the Truth in ‘Fact Check’ on California’s Draconian Water-Use Law

UPDATE, June 11: TheFederalist.com has also called BS on Snopes’ “fact-check” and Facebook’s determination that the need to do laundry and take showers on separate days under California’s new water regime is “fake news.” Specifically, “Snopes, Facebook, and others purporting to ‘fact check’ conservative frustrations with California’s new water-restrictions law are the ones misleading about its effects.”

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Snopes.com’s so-called “fact checks” are so often inane — NewsBusters has caught it “fact-checking” an obviously satirical post — that it’s tempting to dismiss it as irrelevant. That would be a mistake. It’s therefore important to call sites like Snopes out when they play their deceptive “fact check” games. That’s what the site’s Bethania Palma definitely did in discussing a claim about California’s recently-passed water-use legislation.

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060818)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Running for Life: Marathon Runner Jen Titus Runs with a Purpose

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Casper, Wyoming (HT Life News):

30 May, 2018

She runs marathons and half-marathons. She runs her four children hither and yon. She runs from her part-time job as an educator to the business in which she and her husband hold partnership with other owners. In many ways, she’s a superhero, especially to her family and the causes which she supports. One of those is True Care Women’s Resource Center, a non-profit pro-life pregnancy center in Casper, Wyoming, which hosts its annual Heroes Run/Walk for Life event this Saturday, June 2.

“Running for charity gives me that extra motivation, extra boost,” said Jen Titus, who has been a runner since high school. “Running for charity also makes me committed, and it brings me great joy. Plus, it’s good to show my children you can do something you like for a good cause.”

Titus and her husband have supported True Care for more than five years after hearing a presentation at church and later touring the facility. As a family, they’ve participated in past fundraising events, and Jen volunteered for a few years before her last child was born. She served as a client advocate for the center’s long-term parenting program called Baby & Me. Titus believes she used her gifts to help women as they prepared to be first-time moms.

“The program tied in with being an educator—I was able to use my teaching background, and since I was also a mom, I could give them tips and share my experiences,” she said. “I felt like I was making a difference. I hope to volunteer again in the future.”

Returning to the classroom after her little boy was born also helped her return to running. She plans to run the center’s 5k event. Last year, the center added a run to the annual walk. Pregnant, Titus assisted with the race as a timer. She looks forward to running this year.

“Two of my biggest passions are babies and running,” Titus said. “This event ties into my passions and my belief in True Care. I’ve seen first-hand the good that True Care does.”

True Care’s Walk for Life began 13 years ago, said center president Terry Winship. Adding the run in 2017 gave the event an extra boost. …

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