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BAD NEWS: SBS Hires Controversial Editor Ben Naparstek After Funding Cuts

In Poor Journalistic Ethics on July 27, 2015 at 7:59 pm

SBS’s Appointment of Ben Naparstek as Online Editor is Bad for Australia

SBS' Ben Naparstek scrutinized by licensed private investigator

Ben Naparstek of SBS is a subject of intense scrutiny by licensed private investigator, after disclosure of serious breaches in editorial ethics.

SBS’s new editor, Ben Naparstek, has been praised for his meteoric rise through Australian media at a very young age. Notwithstanding, a brief look through the fanfare reveals a murky past that demands more scrutiny. As a vocal 5th Estate journalist and licensed private investigator, it is my considered opinion that young Mr. Naparstek is unworthy of the accolades he has received, for the simple reason that the title of “Editor”, as it is customarily used, is nothing more than a disguise for his not so obvious specialty, namely,  “PAGEVIEW JOURNALISM“.

In the two years that I have been observing Naparstek closely, I have seen that he uses his editorial license to generate sensational headlines. These twisted truths are tantamount to bait-and-switch tactics, used to bring readers to his online “stories”. Once the audience has been captured, his employers monetize those “page views”, either through advertising banner impressions and/or “Pay-Per-Click” display ads. Such insidious tactics would not fit with, or benefit SBS’s traditional funding model. However, Malcolm Turnbull, the Federal Communications Minister, recently revealed that SBS has asked to have its advertising restrictions lifted following millions in funding cuts. This should be cause for great concern to the Australian public, who would otherwise expect unbiased and honest journalism from ABC and SBS ($BS ?). Even more so with the likes of Ben Naparstek at the helm of online Editorial content for SBS.com.au.

Editorial Ethics Alert: Ben Naparstek Of Fairfax Media

Editorial Ethics Alert: Ben Naparstek of SBS is scrutinized by journalist & Licensed Private Investigator Michael Roberts

Here are a few excerpts on the story about Turnbull from November last year:

Mr Turnbull said the government will introduce legislation to parliament in 2015 to amend the SBS Act 1991 that would allow the broadcaster to change its advertising arrangements.”

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A legislative change to allow SBS to generate further revenue by changing its advertising arrangements will bring the total savings returned to the budget to $53.7 million or 3.7 per cent,” he said.​”

REF: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/19/government-announces-308-million-funding-cut-sbs-abc

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CALLOUS: Mark Jeftovic CEO easyDNS Reviews Willful Blindness and Defamation

In Internet defamation, ISP Ethics on July 26, 2015 at 8:18 am
let_it_be_knownMark Jeftovic CEO of easyDNS appears to have taken a position that is diametrically opposite to that of the Good Samaritan. His company seems to have taken a position of Willful Blindness (sometimes called ignorance of law, willful ignorance or contrived ignorance or Nelsonian knowledge). This is a legal term used which describes a scenario in which a person tries to avoid civil, criminal, or in this case moral liability, for a wrongful act, by intentionally putting him or herself in a position, where he or she can claim to be unaware of facts that would render him or her culpable.
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We take issue with the following excerpt from Mark Jeftovic of easyDNS.com’s June 19, 2015 post:
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Mark Jeftovic CEO of easyDNS Reviews  provides platform for defamation while turning a blind eye to the plight of victims.

CALLOUS: Mark Jeftovic CEO of easyDNS Reviews provides platform for defamation while turning a blind eye to the plight of victims.

“If litigants want to pursue specific [easyDNS] customers they will always be better served to leave the ISPs and the vendors out of it, that way they can truly sit where they belong – as impartial observers on the sidelines awaiting a legal decision one way or the other.”

.– See more at: http://blog.easydns.org/2015/06/19/andy-lehrer-victorious-against-tim-rourke-causepimps/.

Whereas, notwithstanding the legal immunity provisions for Internet service providers, easyDNS IS NOT an “…impartial observers on the sidelines”. When Mark Jeftovic and easyDNS.com continues to knowingly provide, after notification, a publication platform for defamation and harassment, it they are most certainly morally culpable. The United Nations International Bill of Human Rights, Article 12 states:
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“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”
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It is this investigator’s opinion that Mark Jeftovic’s easyDNS.com, as Internet service provider and host for allegedly defamatory material, did knowingly and actively subject Mr. Andy Lehrer to ongoing personal injury in the form of defamation, and that their inaction with respect to investigating, and terminating the services causing Mr.  Lahrer’s injuries, constitutes active conspiracy with, and furtherance of the antagonist’s word-crimes.
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But, there are also kudos for Mark Jeftovic of easyDNS.com:

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WikiLeaks_logoIssue is taken above because, in my opinion, the ongoing publication of the alleged defamation against Andy Lehrer does not serve the public interest. It would be remiss of me not to also point out a balancing praiseworthy decision made by Mark Jeftovic of easyDNS.com. Namely, his decision to help enable the ongoing availability of WikiLeaks after one of his competitors pulled the plug on the site. No doubt, this decision is supported by many, including myself, who see the benefits of intense scrutiny of secrets that work against humanity’s best interests, and it will also be condemned by those who have deeply held superstitions about the trustworthiness of the authorities to make decisions on our behalf.
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The original Lehrer post, as captured 26 June, 2015 is below, this is republished under the fair use copyright doctrine for criticism, education etc:
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COLLECTIONS: Trey Knight Case 8311 Assignment of Debt

In Bad Debts on July 23, 2015 at 9:21 am

Notice of sale of debt owed by Trey Knight to M&J #8311

For services rendered as promised but not paid. Effective September 1, 2015, the outstanding debt of USD$3840 one month will be sold to a third party for collection.

This notice is part of an undertaking to collect a commercial debt which is not subject to the provisions made within the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

Ref: USD3840 Case 8311

CRIMES: Valter LTD Steals Money from Lonely Women Online Romance Scam

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2015 at 4:52 am

WARNING: Christen Frederiksen as described in his online dating profile is NOT REAL! Valter LTD in Wroclaw, Krawiecka 3/10 Street, Poland is a shell corp that receives wire transfers from single women looking for romance through online dating, usually in Germany, but in elsewhere worldwide also.

Valter LTD is ALL FAKE Used for Romance Scams.

Valter Ltd’s address is also fake. Bolesława Prusa 2 Street, Warsaw is Hotel Sheraton.

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Banking Information For VALTER LTD Scammers

Company Name: VALTER LTD
Bank Name: Millennium Bank
IBAN: Pl 62 1160 2202 0000 0002 8743 4453 (USD)
Swift Code: Bigbplpw
Bank Address: Stanislawa Zaryna 2a Street, 02-593 Warsaw

It was found that the above mentioned account is being run by:
Bank Millennium SA
Address: Waly Jagiellonskie 10/16 Street, 80-887 Gdansk
Phone: +48 22 598-40-40

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FortressFXFund.com’s Ethan Cooper Helps Reduce Forex Scams – Fortress FX Fund

In FOREX Scams on July 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Retail Forex traders have been the victims of scams designed to steal their money since Forex trading became available with the popular advent of online trading around the year 2000.  Until recent years, Forex trading was largely unregulated, which facilitated an influx of unlicensed amateurs and scammers with an aim toward misleading prospective investors into falling prey to their scams.

The Forex market is the largest and most liquid financial market in the world. It is also an extremely lucrative investment opportunity that can produce aggressive returns uncorrelated to traditional investment vehicles.  Despite the legitimacy of the Forex market and the unprecedented opportunity for retail traders to enjoy aggressive profitability with limited downside risk when having their funds managed by a professional, retail traders far too often fall prey to Forex scams and as a result lose money.

Ethan Cooper, Managing Director of the institutional asset management firm Fortress FX Fund / FortressFXFund.com Launches New Tool

It is for this reason that Ethan Cooper, Managing Director of the institutional asset management firm Fortress Fund (@fortressfxfund), has recently launched his private institutional quality Forex Managed Account program to the retail public.   Ethan Cooper has done so in an effort to provide retail Forex traders and investors, who are too often scammed by amateurs and scammers preying on low- deposit investors, with the same opportunities as wealthier professional and institutional clients.  He’s done so in an effort to capitalize on the need of retail Forex investors to find professional, successful and legitimate managed account programs with whom to place their funds.

Ethan first recognized the demand of retail Forex traders to enjoy legitimate, professional managed investments in the Forex markets was being unmet with reviewing Forex Scam Reviews.  Ethan found that virtually every program in existence targeting and catering to low deposit retail investors would eventually lose all of their client funds (even if they were successful over short-term periods of time) as a result of either (a) unsatisfactory, amateur risk management structures; (b) so-called “Account Managers” that simply copy trade signals from other amateur retail traders on social trading and signal copy websites; and (c) outright scams designed to steal client funds.

As a result, Ethan Cooper and Fortress Fund (www.fortressfxfund.com) are positioning themselves as a pioneer in the Forex Managed Account industry by offering their successful and proven institutional quality proprietary fund management services to retail traders with minimum funding deposits as low as $3,000 USD.  Never before has an institutional asset management firm, previously reserved only for large institutional clients, hedge funds, asset allocators, and high net worth private individuals, offered its services to the general retail public.

They are doing so in order to provide a much needed solution to the Forex Scams prevalent in the retail industry and provide these clients with legitimate fund management services aimed toward lifting their new retail clientele toward reaching their long-term investment goals.

APPALLING: Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab Uses Logical Fallacies to Disguise Her Political Bias – University of Wisconsin

In Logical Fallacies, Poor Education on July 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm

SHUT-UP & TEACH: Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab Squeezes in 8 Logical Fallacies into a Single Tweet.

Education Policy and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab Embarrasses the University of Wisconsin

Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab Embarrasses the University of Wisconsin

Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab embarrassed herself and her institution by way of her poor impulse control and her twitter account. In 140 characters or less, she was able to use no less than eight (8) logical fallacies as evidenced by the following:

“My grandfather, a psychologist”

15 authority(1) Logical fallacy: “Appeal to Authority”

An Appeal to Authority is a fallacy with the following form: Person A is (claimed to be) an authority on subject S (psychology). Person A makes claim C about subject S. Therefore, C is true.

“…similarities between Walker and Hitler”

03 appeal to emotion(2) Logical fallacy: Appeal to Emotion

An Appeal to Emotion or argumentum ad passiones is a logical fallacy characterized by the manipulation of the recipient’s emotions in order to win an argument, especially in the absence of factual evidence

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(3) Logical fallacy: Thought-Terminating Cliché

A commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance. they can be safely assumed that the term “Hitler” is often used as a drive-by insult by intellectually dishonest people, who don’t want to backup their allegations with substance.

06 ad hom(4) Logical fallacy: Ad Hominem

Short for argumentum ad hominem, it means responding to arguments by attacking the politician’s character, rather than his policies. When used inappropriately, it is a fallacy in which a claim or argument is dismissed on the basis of some irrelevant fact or supposition about the person being criticized.

“…similarities between Walker and Hitler. There are so many…”

16 composition(5) Logical fallacy: Fallacy of Composition

The fallacy of composition arises when one infers that something is true of the whole from the fact that it is true of some part of the whole. i.e. “Hitler had two leg, Walker has two legs, Walker is Hitler reincarnated”

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texas-sharpshooter(6) Logical fallacy: Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy

The Texas sharpshooter fallacy is an informal fallacy which is committed when differences in data are ignored, but similarities are stressed. “There are so many similarities!”

“…it’s terrifying”

03 appeal to emotion(7) Logical fallacy: Appeal to Emotion

(8) Logical fallacy: Thought-Terminating Cliché

DISAPPOINTED: Liz Klimas Journalist for TheBlaze States Theory as Fact

In Journalistic Accuracy on July 16, 2015 at 6:48 pm

I was disappointed to see her use of “fallacy of presumption”, in what was otherwise an excellent article titled “Pluto’s Close-Up Photo Reveals Something Scientists Say ‘Could Be a Game Changer’” by Liz Klimas, Journalist for TheBlaze.com.

Below is the excerpt that bothers me:

“Scientists said the peaks – seemingly pushed up from Pluto’s subterranean bed of ice – appeared to be a mere 100 million years old. Pluto itself is 4.5 billion years old.”

pluto-planetIt may seem trite, but the first sentence seems to be a direct quote from unnamed scientists, as such it is good journalism. However, the second sentence: “Pluto itself is 4.5 billion years old” is the one that bugs me; particularly in light of the worldview held by a very large proportion of subscribers to theblaze.com.

My respectful suggestion to Liz Klimas would be to edit the article so that reads free of any closely held by bias, which is presented as fact, something to the following effect:

“According to many mainstream scientists, Pluto itself is 4.5 billion years old.”

Please Liz Klimas, as a TheBlaze.com subscriber, don’t present theories to me as fact.

True science is something that can be observed, measured, and repeated. In other words, our knowledge of natural “laws” as rules of causation derives from repeated, uncontradicted observations. The study of the heavens, the study of things buried under the ground and under the sea, and the study of evolutionary theory, is the analysis of snapshots of evidence that can be interpreted in many ways. Conclusions about these matters can only be made with a peppering of bias, whether that be with a bias toward creationism, or atheism, or whatever is in between. There was only one Person who was present when Pluto was formed, and He is the one who is the final authority, and for that matter the only authority, that can be trusted on the age of this planet/rock/ice ball/death Star or whatever it is 🙂