How the media convinced you the shooter was the wrong person and a ‘communist’

(TFC) – Yesterday, millions of people across the globe stared in horror at the image of the Broward County school shooter. They were able to infer from the image the shooter was a leftist, and probably a “communist”. Nikolas Cruz was the killer leftist the right wing always dreamed about and word spread like wildfire on social media. The problem is the photo isn’t Nikolas Cruz, it’s Marcel Fontaine. Marcel lives on the other side of the country and had nothing to do with the shooting. The Fifth Column reached…

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4 Compliance Areas You Don’t Want to Skip Over

When you are operating your business, there are always things that need doing. Some of these things are incredibly important, and some of them just don’t matter. The trick is to figure out where things fall on that scale. When it comes to being compliant with legal requirements and standards, these tasks tend to fall on the incredibly important side. Here are a few things you shouldn’t skip over, no matter what. Liability Insurance Every business is required by law to have insurance in case of emergencies. Liability insurance covers…

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5 Ways Your Business Can Give Back to the Community

It has been noted on more than one occasion that the millennial generation is highly motivated by community-minded initiatives. Some believe the younger generation won’t participate in commerce unless they feel their purchases are going towards a worthwhile cause. For this reason, many entrepreneurs are not only finding ways to make their existing businesses socially conscious, and some are even starting businesses with “giving back” as their primary foundation. Since it might lead to new opportunities, even from customers in other age demographics, some business owners are looking for ways…

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US: Census Bot Tweets Immigrants’ Profiles

(HRW) – Ongoing debates around US immigration policy should be squarely focused on the people whose rights and families are at stake, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch released an automated Twitter bot, @ImmigrantsAreUS, which is tweeting out profiles of some of the nearly 25 million non-citizens living in the US, both authorized and unauthorized, based on their responses to US Census Bureau surveys. The bot tweets actual survey question responses from a random selection of non-citizens surveyed by the US Census Bureau between 2012 and 2016 in…

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Massive Single-Base Reaper Drone Army Deployment To Afghanistan

Kandahar, Afghanistan (TFC)— An army of MQ-9 Reaper drones has arrived in Afghanistan, reputedly the largest such deployment of the war. The majority of this massive fleet is stationed at a single base and trails a boost in ground troops. Back in December, US generals promised another troop increase in America’s longest running war. Over 14,000 troops are currently deployed in Afghanistan including, RT notes, 3000 President Donald Trump sent in September. An additional 6000 were set to deploy towards the beginning of the year. However, the Trump Administration has…

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Major discrepancies found in statistics concerning Israeli-Palestinian death tolls

(TFC) – Accuracy is the benchmark of journalism. It’s the most important measure. At The Fifth Column, while we often break national and international news stories first, we live by the idea that we don’t want to be the fastest source, we want to be the most accurate. It’s impossible for a journalist to personally check every detail in every article. They often rely on the research of widely-accepted sources to provide data. What happens when this information is questioned? At TFC, it launches an investigation. [embedded content] Recently, data…

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Is Petty Crime on the Rise? Statistics from Arounds the U.S.

While it’s true some neighborhoods experience higher crime rates than others, one thing is undeniably real, petty crime has been on the rise within the last few years. According to the Pew Research center, violent crime has fallen sharply within the past quarter century. So, while the chances aren’t high you’ll be mugged at gunpoint, less obvious crime, digital theft, and other petty crimes are on the rise. People today are undertaking any necessary measure to protect their businesses and assets with new technology available. Here’s a look at what…

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#JusticeForAsifa: A Young Girl’s Murder Shocks Jammu And Kashmir Residents — But Not the National Media

(GV) – As Pakistan grapples with bringing the perpetrators of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari’s murderer to justice, another heinous killing across the border, in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, has shocked local residents. On January 17, the battered, lifeless body of eight-year-old Asifa Bano was found in a forest in Hiranagar area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district. News reports in Kashmir’s local press said Asifa appeared to have been raped and tortured before she was killed, and that there were human bite marks on her body. Asifa Bano…

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As the threat of “fake news” to democracy grows, public trust in the media wavers

(Sunlight) – On January 23rd, 2017, the Washington Post hosted an event at its headquarters in D.C. that explored three key questions: “What makes people trust some news sources and see others as fake?” “The debate about regulating online digital and social media platforms.” “Can the concept of a neutral press survive in an era of hyper-partisanship?” In answering these questions, many of the panelists did what journalists do best; they reported the facts: partisanship, low media literacy, the growth of social media, and the President of the United States…

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In 2018, the State of the Union is mobile and monetized

(Sunlight) – For the first time in history, the names of campaign donors will be shown over the livestream of a President of the United States as he delivers the State of the Union to Congress. In an unexpected twist, instead of a watchdog highlighting corporate money or media organization overlaying campaign finance data on a livestream when a specific policy proposal or success is named, the campaign of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be showing a list of donors. This past year, the future…

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