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Bored Teen Plays Mall Piano – What a Bystander Filmed Could Change His Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG2sE4T-TWs

Video Source: WATCH LIFE

Article source: Western Journalism

18-year-old Monntel West’s life might very well be changed now that a video of West playing the piano has gone viral.  Playing at a piano in a mall in Lansing Michigan, West didn’t realize he was being videotaped.

West, who taught himself to play the piano in the 8th grade, played a beautiful rendition of River Flows in You by South Korean pianist and composer Yiruma. As for what made West sit down and play that day, West said he was at the mall to meet a friend, was bored, and just sat down to play. He said he had no idea that he would become the star of a viral video.

“I had goosebumps,” said Sara Hadley, the Lansing resident who took the video on her iPhone. “It was just amazing, and I figured he just deserved some sort of recognition.” Hadley posted the video on her Facebook page. The video of the young man playing now has over 500,000 views and has been shared over 9,000 times.

This is why they put a piano in the #lansingmall. Self taught!! #yiruma. Wow. Gave me goosebumps! – Posted on Facebook by Sara Hadley on Friday, January 22, 2016

West told the Lansing State Journal, “If I did get lessons, I think I could be better…You can always get better.” According to the Journal, West taught himself how to play by watching YouTube videos and practicing on a keyboard.

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Must See Fun & Informative Video About Your Internet and Privacy Rights

Video Source: thejuicemedia

A message from George Orwell (via The Juice Media) about your digital rights on the internet and how they are systematically being taken away. He also mentions an App that you install on your phone that encrypts all of your calls and text.

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Digital Rights Groups Warn Pro-Corporate TPP Could Kill the Internet

‘The Dream of Internet Freedom is Dying,’ Warns Top Civil Liberties Attorney

February 16, 2015: The Day The Internet Died




One In Five Kids Who Grew Up With The Internet Believe All Of It Is True

photographer: Lucélia Ribeiro

photographer: Lucélia Ribeiro

By Frida Garza | Quartz

Teenagers today still struggle to judge the truthfulness of information they find online, according to a new survey on children’s media consumption (pdf) by UK communications regulator Ofcom.

Although kids born after 1999 might seem Internet-savvy, Ofcom found that only 50% of British 12- to 15-year-olds who use search engines use critical judgement when filtering through results. Nearly 20% of the same age group blindly trust search engines, saying they believed that all results returned must be true (down from 33% in 2011).

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Michael Stipe Lashes Out at Candidates for Using R.E.M. Tune

By Chris Leo Palermino | Digital Trends

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R.E.M. has a major beef with two outspoken GOP politicians using their music— namely Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. And the iconic band isn’t pulling any punches.

“Go f–k yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe wrote via bassist Mike Mills’ Twitter account. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”

The harsh words came after Trump and Cruz played R.E.M.’s 1987 hit It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) as an opening song during a rally criticizing President Obama’s recent nuclear deal with Iraq yesterday afternoon.

It’s certainly not the first time a musician has publicly lashed out at Trump for using their music. When Trump used Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World at his presidential nomination earlier this summer, the musician called out Trump for using his music without authorization. In response, the Republican presidential candidate agreed not to use Young’s music again — and apparently simply moved on down the line to another high-profile group of liberal rockers.

“We won’t be using it again,” Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said to Rolling Stone in regards to Young’s rebuke. “There are plenty of other songs to choose from, despite the fact that Mr. Trump is a big fan and likes Neil very much. We will respect his wish and not use it because it’s the right thing to do.”

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Originally entitled: “R.E.M. Frontaman Lashes Out at Trump, Cruz for Using Their Music”

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealth andbeauty@gmail.com.



Time Is Art: New Documentary on Synchronicity & the Collective Dream

Katy Walker | TheSyncMovie.com

Compelling conversations with fellow seekers and mystics like Alex & Allyson Grey, Toko-Pa Turner, Richard Tarnas, Graham Hancock, Daniel Pinchbeck and biologist, Rupert Sheldrake, guide us through the underlying premise of the film: perhaps we can tap into a way of being that is not ruled by a finite sense of time, but rather by the ability to live in harmony with the true creative nature of our existence. “We want to contribute to the awakening in global consciousness that we are witnessing right now. We want to contribute to the increasing number of conversations about our understanding of time, space and interconnectedness that are resonating with so many people right now.” – Joel Mejia & Katy Walker

Time is Art: Introductory Trailer

After three years of hard work on the ‘Time is Art’ film project, we are so close to the finish line. Our goal is to release this project to the world in three languages on 11/11/15. There are a few outstanding production costs that we need to cover including color correction, sound + audio fixes, subtitling, and some funds for distribution so we can reach the widest audience possible. We absolutely can’t do this without YOU, our audience. We want this film to help lead the shift in human consciousness that is happening right now. The time is NOW!  We need your help, and more than that, we want you to join us on this incredible adventure. Contributions in any amount help us toward reaching our goal and finishing this timely film. Thank You & Many Blessings!

Much love to our supporters who helped us get our film off the ground last year by contributing funds to send our film crew to Joshua Tree to shoot 11 interviews + scenes for the documentary film and Synchronicity Symposium presentations which are also featured in the film.

Read more here.




AT&T Hit with $100mn Fine After Slowing Down ‘Unlimited’ Data

By Mike Blake |Reuters SlowInternetAhead-37696917_m-680x380

The Federal Communications Commission hit telecommunications giant AT&T with a $100 million fine, the largest it has ever levied, for slowing down the internet speeds of customers with “unlimited” data plans. The company said it will fight the fine.

Thousands of AT&T customers complained to the FCC about the issue, saying they noticed that when they had used up a certain amount of data watching movies or browsing the web, AT&T “throttled” their internet speeds so that they were much slower than normal. Millions of AT&T customers were affected by the practice.

In a press release announcing the fine, the FCC said the company “severely slowed down the data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans” and “failed to adequately notify its customers that they could receive speeds slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised.”

“Consumers deserve to get what they pay for,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement. “Broadband providers must be upfront and transparent about the services they provide. The FCC will not stand idly by while consumers are deceived by misleading marketing materials and insufficient disclosure.”
AT&T stopped offering unlimited data plans in 2009, but many customers were grandfathered in before the company began slowing down internet speeds in 2011. The company said it disputes the charges and will fight the fine.
The FCC has specifically identified this practice as a legitimate and reasonable way to manage network resources for the benefit of all customers, and has known for years that all of the major carriers use it,” the company said in a statement, reported the Washington Post.
Other companies have been targeted for similar practices, according to CNN money. Verizon was criticized by the FCC for its efforts to slow down 4G connection speeds and ceased the practice in October 2014. T-Mobile was also issued a warning, while the FCC sued Tracfone for $40 million in January for falsely advertising its unlimited plan.
AT&T argued that the cap only goes into effect after an unlimited plan customer hits a certain threshold, and that the slow speeds last only until the end of a billing cycle. However, the FCC found that unlimited customers were being hit with slower speeds for an average of 12 days – nearly half the billing cycle – and that this often affected mapping services and streaming video over AT&T’s network.
Chairman Wheeler said that by not properly disclosing the policy to customers, the company violated FCC rules on corporate transparency.
Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealth andbeauty@gmail.com.



How To Spot Disinfo – James Corbett

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOQvMY0JlwA

Source: corbettreport

As a decade-old easily-debunked fake video of a missile hitting the Pentagon goes for another spin through the alt media, James Corbett takes a look at how to spot ridiculous disinfo before you make the mistake of passing it on to others.




Maya Angelou Memorial Stamp Features Quote from Different Author and Other Famous Lines We All Get Wrong

CLN Editor Notes:

(1) This article only scratches the surface on misattributed quotes.  Here’s just one list of misquotations.  The official website for Mother Theresa has an entire page dedicated to Quotes falsely attributed to Mother Teresa.  When I was researching the article, Dire Warnings From Past U.S. Presidents and Other High-Profile Leaders About an “Invisible Government” That Runs the U.S. With “No Allegiance To the People”, I came across dozens of alleged quotes by famous political leaders such as Jefferson, Lincoln, & JFK that were either misattributed or just plain fake.

(2) In regards to honoring Maya Angelou, I included a sweet video at the bottom of this post titled “My Journey with Maya Angelou: Tavis Smiley Remembers Legendary Poet & Civil Rights Activist.”

By | The Guardian

A stamp issued this week by the US Postal Service commemorating the American writer Maya Angelou attributes a famous quote to her that she didn’t actually say. But she’s not the first person to have words put in their mouth

A stamp issued this week by the US Postal Service commemorating the American writer Maya Angelou attributes a famous quote to her that she didn’t actually say. But she’s not the first person to have words put in their mouth

Never apologize, never explain. That more or less sums up the US postal service’s attitude this week. On Tuesday it issued a stamp in honor of the American author Maya Angelou, who died last year. Next to a photograph of Angelou is a famous quote from her: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” How sweet. There’s just one problem: she never said it.

The quote actually comes from a poem published in 1967 by children’s writer Joan Walsh Anglund. The fault may lie with President Obama, who attributed the line to Angelou in an address last year. The US postal service initially defended using the quote, arguing it was associated with Angelou. Now it is reluctantly backtracking. But there is no suggestion the stamp will be withdrawn, possibly because it is part of a series called “Forever” memorialising great people and events.

The internet is probably the culprit. Some minor postal official will have seen the president’s attribution, echoed on myriad websites, and taken that as gospel. Quotes, like facts, are now more slippery than ever. Take the aphorism with which I began: “Never apologise, never explain.” Some online sources attribute this to the 1949 John Wayne film She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, but its antecedents are murky. Possible originators include Disraeli (“Never complain and never explain”), Benjamin Jowett (“Never regret, never explain, never apologise”), and Admiral Jacky Fisher (“Never contradict. Never explain. Never apologise”). The net offers plausible support for all three, along with Churchill and Wallis Simpson.

There are numerous other examples of misattributions. The quote that defines Voltaire – “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” – was invented by his biographer Evelyn Beatrice Hall. Poor Marie Antoinette never said “Let them eat cake”; that was made up by Rousseau. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” is usually attributed to Burke, but there is no evidence he ever said it. John Stuart Mill said something similar, but I prefer the commenter on one website who mischievously attributes it to Marilyn Monroe. He says she also coined: “Life’s a bitch and then you die.” I like to think he may be mocking the anarchy of the online world.

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Source: democracynow
In his new book “My Journey with Maya,” the television and radio broadcaster Tavis Smiley pays tribute to the late Maya Angelou, chronicling their nearly three decade-long, multi-generational friendship. Smiley was 21 and Angelou was 58 when they first met in the mid-1980s. The book brims with the renowned poet’s words and Smiley’s remembrances of how she guided him through challenging moments in his life. The book’s release coincides with the U.S. Postal Service’s unveiling of a new limited edition forever stamp in Angelou’s honor.




February 16, 2015: The Day The Internet Died

Source: Mike Maloney

“We’re adopting a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority that we don’t have.” – Ajit Pai

“February 26, 2015. That was the day that freedom of the internet died.” Watch Michael Maloney’s latest video update to hear his thoughts on the recent ruling on Net Neutrality.

 




Monica Lewinsky: Why We Must Stop Online Shaming Now

Source: TED

Monica Lewinsky says that in 1998, she was “Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands that we shift as a society.

She says that rather than think of our right to free expression, we should think of our responsibility to express freely in a way that is positive and productive. Our focus, she says should not be on how much attention our communication gets, but on how much intention we can imbue it with.

As someone who had suicidal thoughts and struggled through nearly half a lifetime online infamy, Monica understands the depth and magnitude of this problem. Cyberbullying has caused people to kill themselves, most notably teens or young adults who are still struggling to form their own personal identity.

The best part of this talk is that Monica doesn’t just suggest that we stop clicking on shame-oriented content or refrain from any kind of cyber-bullying, but goes further than that. She believes we should be a culture that is openly compassionate online. How can we all be more empathetic and support to those who inadvertently find themselves in the spotlight of the internet?

This is a speech for our times. Watch and be changed.




Russell Brand on “50 Shades”: Is Porn Ruining Our Ability to Have Healthy Sexuality?

Source: Russell Brand

Don’t let Russell Brands “casual” attire stop you from taking this video seriously. He makes some great points — like how our society is so obsessed with sexually-related media that even a conservative news source like Fox stopped their “war mongering” long enough to dive into a “50 Shades of Grey”-Inspired poll of people’s willingness to engage in S&M.

And he addresses some deep questions about how porn affects our ability to have authentic, loving sexual relations. I for one, respect his ability to be so nakedly honest about his own habits (check out 6:50 where he pretty much admits to still having a porn addiction by saying it’s something he “hasn’t been able to make a longterm commitment to not looking at”).

Weigh in below and/or head over to our Facebook page to discuss it.




The Net Is Mightier Than the Sword – James Corbett at TEDx

https://youtu.be/i05m8w7rD_4

Source:corbettreport

Since the rise of the internet people have changed from mere audiences into authors and editors. With pieces of technology small enough to fit the whole world into your pocket, a revolution might be on its way. The net is now mightier than the sword. This presentation was delivered at the TEDxGroningen conference in the Netherlands on November 20, 2014.




Foster Gamble: Debunking Debunkers

Foster Gamble  | ThriveMovement.com | Aug 30 2014

I love debunkers — the REAL ones. I am a rational skeptic and I know a dedicated and skillful debunker can save us all time and help keep us from being duped yet again in dangerous and impactful ways. The problem is finding and identifying the real ones in a murky sea of fake naysayers and hating trolls with a hidden and biased agenda that does not prioritize truth.

We are living in an unprecedented era where one person or a small team can use independent and alternative media to communicate key perspectives to millions of people worldwide — in a short amount of time. Given what we are dealing with in the way of planetary demise, this is a really good thing!

The flip side, however, is that someone with very little real expertise can undermine valuable inquiry and healthy skepticism. I met one man who said he was going to watch THRIVE, but then changed his mind when he saw that it “had been debunked.” I asked if the debunking had made sense to him. “Oh I didn’t actually read it. I just saw it had been debunked.” My immediate reaction was a punch in the gut. How often are people throwing away or discrediting years of valuable fact-checked research on the grounds of a baseless attack?

Most importantly, why is that and how do we get good at sorting out the truth?

LESSONS FROM THE TRENCHES

If you are challenging the dominant paradigm as peddled in the corporate media and your influence is expanding, debunkers will enter your life. It goes with the territory. One of our seasoned advisors, a successful whistleblower who has survived one wringer after another, told us before THRIVE came out, “You’re going to get it from all sides, and if you’re not taking flak, you’re probably not over the target yet.”

I want to offer some of what we have learned about debunkers, detractors, haters and trolls in relation to THRIVE.

  • Who are they?
  • Why do they do what they do?
  • How can we recognize and deal with them effectively?
  • And why bother?

An accurate assessment of what’s going on is critical if we want to create effective solutions. If we don’t have a true understanding of the problem, we won’t put our attention on the innovations that can best meet the challenges we face. So debunking the debunkers has a huge payoff. It helps us to sleuth out factual truth and create a safe environment from which to engage in meaningful public dialogue and transform our world into one that actually works for everyone.

HOGWASH AND HOOEY, BALONEY AND BULL

I looked it up, and “bunk” is short for “bunkum.” It’s an old word from 19th century America that means “nonsense.” Other dictionary synonyms are “baloney, rot, hogwash, applesauce, bull, and hooey.” So when a group like snopes.com spends serious time and rigor separating the fabricated hogwash and hooey from facts and realities on the Internet, it’s a valuable service. Wikipedia used to be helpful, but is now so co-opted on virtually every controversial issue, that its merit has been severely undermined for important topics that challenge major money or control interests.

THE FED AND ETs

I remember the first time I heard (from my son!) that the Federal Reserve was a private corporation and that no government agency could overrule their actions. I found it hard to believe and went on the Internet to look it up. At the time, there were very few sites addressing this issue, and many of them just discredited anyone questioning the reality or wisdom of the Fed’s printing money out of nothing. I came away not knowing what to think. Fortunately, my son kept giving me more and more evidence. The same thing happened when I first heard about the military covering up their involvement with UFOs. The notion seemed far-fetched to me when I first heard about it, and by the time I made it through the first debunking sites, I would have been pretty skeptical that there was any real issue to discover there were it not for the dedication of a few individuals to wake me up.

Fast forward to 2014, where we now have over 36 million sites addressing the issue of the Federal Reserve, many of which are intelligent analyses and critiques of a corrupt system of counterfeit finance that has left the country and an alarming percentage of its citizens in debt slavery. It’s an acknowledged fact that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (known as the BRICS countries) have now formed their own bank to bypass the stranglehold of the Federal Reserve and the World Bank, and people from all walks of life acknowledge the corruption of the system and the need to get out from under it.

As for UFOs and the military, while debunking sites abound, there are enough credible documents and confessions from high-level government, military and FAA insiders to inspire any sincere researcher to look further, and to recognize that the subject warrants serious inquiry and public dialogue.

What happened? What did it take to overcome a disinformation campaign and legitimize once-denied information and insight? My guess is that it took persistence, and a lot of people with a strong enough desire to get to the truth that simple mudslinging and cheap dismissals weren’t enough to squelch their questioning… despite the discomfort.

CHALLENGING THE SYSTEM

By the time we made THRIVE, Kimberly and I had both experienced the discomfort of asking socially-taboo questions and looking into controversial topics enough to recognize the power of disinformation campaigns. We suspected we would be the target of some likely disinformation and reputation-bashing when we released THRIVE. And of course, that turned out to be true.

THRIVE covers at least 14 topics that stretch the status quo. For most people, there is at least one theme that’s challenging to consider. But in the nearly three years since its release, there is not a single fact in THRIVE that has been disproven. And yet the debunking of our film was rampant in its early days.

Now, virtually everything and everyone who is effectively challenging the banking elite’s agenda for global control will have sites or trolls actively debunking them and their message.

WHO ARE THE DEBUNKERS?

First, let me say again that there are skillful truth-seeking “debunking” sites whose priority seems to be accuracy and they seem to get it right almost all the time. And then there are hired hands who work for the government, for corporations, the intelligence agencies, the military and political parties. I have been assured of this by people formerly on the inside and here is a video clip that documents and verifies some of this.

 

These cyber mercenaries are called “trolls” perhaps because their behavior resembles the mythical mini-beasts who live under bridges and hassle innocent passers-by.

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THEIR STRATEGIES?

When working for these types of groups, their job is to find anything that might undermine the credibility and propaganda of their institutions and then attack the content — with either:

  • Disinformation.
  • Distraction.
  • Outright lies.
  • Trying to smear the credibility of the truth-teller. If none of that is effective, the next tactic is to make it unpleasant and unsafe for anyone to make positive comments, effectively.
  • Scaring enthusiasts away from the site or thread altogether.

HOW CAN WE IDENTIFY THEM?

  1. Vicious attacks against the person who is providing the information rather than the facts themselves.
  2. Name-calling and mud-slinging with no evidence.
  3. Malicious disregard for the value of public debate and discussion, as if to question or bring up an alternative view is to be shunned.
  4. No proposed solutions to the problem being discussed.
  5. Lack of facts or rational logic to support their argument.

 

Some real examples from our experience:

Attacking someone for their references, with a guilt by association campaign.

 

  • Notice the one eye in the THRIVE poster? It’s proof that Gamble is an Illuminati corporate shill!
  • Oh No! Not the Elite Minority! UFO’s, Free energy, NWO, Crop Circles, Chariots of the gods. This Documentary has all the BS rolled into one. All it needs is antivaxers and 9/11 truthers to be complete!
  • Anybody buying this pile of crap is too stupid to deserve to exist. Eat s—t and die!

And this from our cannabis healing blog from last week, that had over 100,000 views in the first 24 hours:

  • Thrive = Procter and gamble = elite = fluoridation = deceipt. [sic]

This came up a lot for us. THRIVE was never intended to be a political movie, so we had no concern for the political affiliation or lack thereof of any of the people we interviewed. Debunkers on the Left would say:

“Did you know they interviewed Ed Griffin and he was a John Bircher?”

While people on the Right would say:

“Did you know they interviewed Deepak Chopra and he is a complete liberal?”

While still others would say:

“They interviewed David Icke and he talks about reptilian ETs.”
(So his decades of documented research about the banking families must be useless?)

What if instead we consider the fact that THRIVE transcends political party politics and offers solutions based on principles that empower people globally? Since when does a reliable resource for information and insight have to be someone with whom you agree 100%?

If we are going to create meaningful solutions, then we need to listen for truth and documented information even if it comes from someone with whom we have other differences of opinion. And why dismiss someone with a vengeance because they have a different worldview?

The vehemence is often a sign of the debunker’s lack of legitimacy. Anyone serious about engaging in true discourse and finding real solutions can figure out a way to challenge respectfully and with evidence of a legitimate alternative perspective.

Another sign of intentionally misleading debunkers is their: Tendency to operate anonymously.

If you go to the website or Facebook page (if they have one) of these type of commenters…

  • Their identity is often obviously contrived.
  • They have little or no biography.
  • Virtually no friends.
  • Their face is obscured in pictures.
  • Often their names are straight from central casting like: Muertos, CraveHell666 or Arturobastard (seriously…these are genuine!)

WHY ARE THEY SPENDING THEIR TIME THIS WAY?

In addition to those who get paid to do this, there are, of course, scads of lonely, frustrated, abused, duped, dumbed-down, medicated people who just vent their unexpressed anger through their keyboard in the middle of the night. They hide in the shadows of anonymity and vent against any target, particularly if a person or project seems to be having some of the success and influence that they have not been able to achieve.

We have noticed that the level of self-responsibility seems correlated with the level of anonymity of the one commenting — how much needs to be disclosed to have a commenting account. It’s lowest on YouTube, a little higher on Facebook, and highest of all on our own website.

HOW CAN WE DEAL WITH THEM EFFECTIVELY?

Sometimes trolls and haters are best ignored. When they don’t attract much attention or achieve their desired effect, they often give up or move on to where they might. Other times, I find they must be called out and confronted directly with facts and especially with pointed questions. Usually they leave rather than have to think, research or admit they were making stuff up.

“Muertos,” the anonymous source behind the “THRIVE — Debunked” website, fit all the above criteria for being a hired troll. The conversations on his site began to expose and accuse him of this. Rather than issue a denial, he tried to deflect their accusations by instead inviting people on his site to take a poll of how many thought he was a troll. What? After a year, he announced the demise of the Thrive Movement, even though the film was still having over a million views a month and hundreds of solution groups were forming around the world in response to the coherence the film and website provided. In truth, it was his site that he closed down within days. Of course the remnants live on in search engines to confuse those who are uninformed about the nature of these distractions.

One site posted a scathing review of THRIVE that turned out to be based only on the trailer. The author hadn’t even seen the movie. To their credit, when I addressed the irresponsibility of this act on their comment board, they watched the movie, invited me for an interview, apologized and publicly mended the breach.

Others discredited us for being one political party or another — truly it came from all sides equally because we are not politically affiliated. Others completely ignored the transition strategies that we outlined in the movie and on the website and accused us of being elitists who don’t care about people because we do not believe increasing taxes is a sustainable solution.

Some have attacked me simply because one of my ancestors started a company that provided me with some inheritance. When challenged for being from a wealthy family, I have asked would-be debunkers, “If you won the lottery and suddenly became a millionaire, what would you do with the money to better our chances of thriving?” Some genuine inquirers have engaged the question creatively.

Another popular Internet radio host, who has acknowledged that he disseminates information for the government, launched into a completely false attack on me during a panel at a large conference. I was elsewhere giving my presentation, but someone who knows me was present and confronted him with facts while pointing out his divisive tone. To his credit, when I confronted him respectfully, but firmly, he apologized. I went on his show with the agreement I could address all the falsehoods. His listeners were very supportive and the incident was healed.

The lesson I have gained is that sometimes, when we have confronted the debunkers without malice or personal attack, but with clarity, we have often been able to raise the level of interaction.

We have been especially gratified and encouraged to see our own vast and diverse network responding intelligently, knowledgeably and, in most cases, respectfully, to mitigate or drive away cruel, uninformed attacks. At this point, there are very few trolls who spend much time commenting on our movie or movement in negative ways, because the facts have spoken for themselves, our reputations and integrity have held up to extreme scrutiny and our network is discerning and protective.

FINALLY

We each need to seek truth and live with integrity to be ultimately unassailable.

I learned from training and teaching the non-violent martial art of Aikido and from being a conflict resolutions facilitator in Silicon Valley that when confronted by an attacker, it is possible to respond non-violently by either DISENGAGING from the energy, or — if it is persistent and won’t go away — by IMMOBILIZING it with exposure and truth.

Sometimes we must be pro-active and strategic to make sure the lie doesn’t get perceived and repeated as truth. We can turn their own aggression back on the perpetrators — nonviolently — assuring that consequence clarifies their own choice of falsehood or truth, pain or love. This way we can model what we are after, while honoring the essential and courageous work that is called for to expose the true nature of the problems we face and cultivate the discerning open-mindedness that real solutions require.

Please let us know your insights with this troll and debunking challenge and what has worked for you in dealing with it.