Say No to Fake News

June 30, 2021

Say No to Fake News

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Nia Rennix

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Have you ever read an article that enraged you so badly that you felt like going out and doing something to set things right? And then hours later, you found out that the article was a fake? How terrible would you feel when taken for a ride like that? But it has become rather common these days. With so many channels of news bludgeoning you with information every hour, it may become difficult to tell which one is real and which one is fake. However, if you do not take the responsibility of finding this out, you could end up getting manipulated by a set of unscrupulous people. Take a look at this article to find what fake news is and how you can stop yourself from falling prey to it.

What is Fake News

Fake news appears as convincing as real news and, in some cases, much more appealing than real news. It can be broadly divided into the following categories.

  1. Misinformation

Misinformation refers to defective information passed on to you. When some facet of news is reported wrong, the whole news item becomes false and can even be dangerous if it suggests something that did not really happen. It is very important for media sources to report everything accurately as even small mistakes can lead to grave and mass-scale misunderstanding.

However, fake news is generated on purpose with the intention of misleading people and pushing them to unsavory conclusions.

E.g., If a certain accident is reported as an incident of deliberate killing, it can impact the psychology of the readers or viewers adversely.

  • Disinformation

Disinformation refers to conspiracy theories or hoaxes that are planted into media just to mislead people and keep them from knowing facts. Such hoaxes are reported in convincing tones, leading to wastage of precious time and resources. Sometimes, the outcomes can even be dangerous.

E.g., Conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 vaccines being an attempt to control people acted as a deterrent to people getting vaccines. This, in turn, made it more difficult for the authorities to contain and end the pandemic.

  • Malinformation

Malinformation passes on wrong information about a person, a group of people, or a particular institution leading to loss of reputation by the concerned parties. This can lead to severe consequences for the affected people as their image is sullied, sometimes irreparably.

E.g., A story maligning a popular individual’s character can rake in a lot of viewership. But this can spell doom for the person in concern as well as for the brands that they might be promoting.

How to Detect and Avoid Fake News

As a consumer, you can do a lot to prevent fake news from manipulating you. Here are some simple tips for you to deploy. These can help you to stay away from fake news. Watch out for the following classical signs of fakery:

  1. Strange source

Before you trust an article or news content, be sure that you have taken a look at the source. Believe only the news items that are published by reputed media houses as they are not going to make money by peddling fake news. On the other hand, if you see an unknown name selling some kind of cock and bull story to you, you have every reason to doubt the authenticity of the information.

  • Screaming headline

Seasoned journalists do not write headlines that sound needy or are screaming for your attention. Yes, headlines are supposed to be attention-grabbing but good media houses still make sure that aesthetics is not compromised while creating such a headline. If you see phrases like “Tell all about it!”, “Spread the word to everyone!” or other immature requests in the header, it is probably not authentic news.

  • Photoshopped picture

A picture is worth a thousand words. They show you a photoshopped image and it is likely to stay in your mind for a long time. Sometimes, even forever. But before you share the picture or tell others about it, ask yourself if it looks authentic? Shoddy photoshop often shows and that can be a glaring proof that the rest of the article too is stuffed with lies.

  • Too many pop-ups

If you are scrolling through an article on the internet, you can keep a tab on the number of advertisements or pop-ups that you encounter while reading the news item. If there are too many of them disrupting your reading, you can be sure that the article is not to be trusted.

  • Hard to believe story

It is always good to use your common sense. If a story reeks of fakery and falsehood, it probably is not true. Trust your gut and move on to better articles.

  • No citations

Reputed media sources will give you links and citations that prove their information is correct. They do not just shove something down your throat without backing the story up with solid evidence. If there is no evidence in the article, it just means that the story is a work of fiction.

  • Iffy domain name

While reading the articles on internet, check the domain names. When the domain name sounds iffy, you can be sure that so is the content. Any media house worth its salt will have a proper website registered against their company.

  • Does not sound right

If the article is written in poor language and is full of errors, then be sure that it is not to be trusted. Good brands invest a lot of money to produce error-free articles written in polished language. They will not try to pass half-baked stories to you as news.

What to do if you Suspect a News Item to be Fake

The first thing to do on spotting probable fake news is to take a deep breath and calm down. Now do the following.

  1. Google the article and verify things

Google what you have just read. There are plenty of websites that offer you data on fake or real articles. Do a bit of investigation and fact-checking before you get worked up about anything.

  • Report the news item

If you see something dangerous to be in circulation, immediately report it to the cops. Do not ignore things that are potentially harmful. Your timely action can save people from harm.

  • Do not share

Investigations show that spurious news articles are more likely to be shared than authentic news content. But you can be different. Do not share fake articles and try to deter your friends or close ones from doing so.

Conclusion

Fake news can be extremely manipulative so you need to remain extremely careful in order to stay away from it. You can do your bit to protect the society from the onslaught of misinformation. Stay on guard and implement a number of simple checks to make sure that fake news does not percolate down to you or the ones around you.

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Keto Diet Plan: Here Are 3 Full Days of Recipes

The Keto diet is one of the best available options if you’re trying to lose weight safely and quickly. This diet allows you to eat delicious meats, healthy fats, and vegetables—all targeted to help you burn the extra fat on your body by putting you into ketosis! Fascinating, right? To understand how the Keto Diet works, you need to learn about macros responsible for fueling our body.

Macros refer to three essential nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids (fats). These are considered the three essential macronutrients that we consume to get energy. Usually, a typical meal consists of 60% carbohydrate, 20% protein, and 20% fat or lipid.

The Keto Diet suggests that you reduce carbohydrates and make your diet heavier in protein and fats. When you decide to go on a Keto Diet, your meals generally consist of 65% fat, 30% protein, and 5% carbohydrate. If the body gets less than 20 grams of carbohydrate each day, it goes into ketosis, a metabolic process that burns stored fat to produce ketone bodies that supply the energy required to run your body. Thus, if you plan your meals meticulously and keep the carbohydrate consumption extremely low, you can expect to lose weight quickly.

Here is a 3-Day Keto-Compliant Meal Plan

The upside of this diet is that the meals are not bland and are reasonably easy to prepare.

Keto Diet Day 1

Breakfast: Keto Pancakes and Stir-fried Broccoli

Break two eggs in a bowl and add 1/2 tablespoon of almond flour. Next, throw in 2 ounces of cream cheese and a pinch of salt to taste. Whisk the mixture until you get a smooth combination of pouring consistency. Heat butter in a pan and fry the pancakes one by one.

Cut a small head of broccoli into florets and wash them under running water—heat olive oil in a pan and throw in some chopped garlic. Once you get a pleasant aroma, add the broccoli florets and stir fry them for a minute or two. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt, and your breakfast is ready.

Note: If you prefer your pancakes a little sweeter, you can add a pinch of cinnamon or vanilla instead of salt in the pancake mixture and pair the cooked pancakes with fresh strawberries.

Snack: Assorted Nuts

You can have a handful of mixed nuts to prevent sudden hunger pains. Almondscashews, and pistachios are all keto-compliant nuts. You can dry roast them lightly to enhance the taste.

Lunch: Stir-fried Chicken and Veggies

Add one pound of minced chicken breast to heated oil in a pan. Chop some cabbages, peppers, and tomatoes and add them after 5 minutes. Keep tossing and add ginger and garlic paste after five more minutes. Turn off the heat and shred a little bit of cheese on top of the mixture. 

Dinner: Broccoli-Mushroom Salad with Diced Chicken

Cut one small broccoli and some button mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Dice a quarter pound of chicken breast into cubes. Heat olive oil in a wok and toss in the chicken slices first. Once they are lightly fried, neatly move them to a bowl and add a dollop of butter to the pan. Cook the broccoli and the mushrooms for 1 minute and then add the cooked chicken. Add a few cloves of chopped garlic and toss for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and sprinkle oregano generously. Your dinner is ready.

Keto Diet Day 2

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon, and Grilled Brussel Sprouts

Break two large eggs, add a bit of salt and pepper. Whisk into a smooth solution. Chop half an onion and one tomato into small pieces and add them to the eggs. Heat a little butter in a pan, pour in the egg mixture and scramble with a spatula. When the eggs are half done, you can shred in some cheese for extra taste.

Grill two slices of turkey bacon.

Arrange some Brussels sprouts on a skewer and coat them with chopped garlic, crushed ginger, and olive oil. Grill each side for 5 minutes to a light golden color. Now, your delicious breakfast is ready!

Snack: Veggie Sticks Dipped in Peanut Butter

Cut carrots and celery into 3-inch sticks. Dip them in peanut butter for a quick and tasty snack.

Lunch: Collard Shrimp Wrap

Take a giant collard leaf and blanch it in salted water for 30 seconds. Coat 1 pound of shrimp with sea salt and pepper. Cut one tomato and one green bell pepper into small cubes. Heat oil and toss the tomatoes and the bell peppers first. After a minute, add the shrimp and toss everything for 1 minute. Add one spoonful of butter and some chopped garlic cloves and cook for another minute. Turn off the flame, and your filling is ready. Place it neatly within the collard, leave and roll it into a nice, savory wrap.

Dinner: Pork Chops

Sear bone-in pork chops on both sides for around 4 minutes in heated olive oil. Take butter in a bowl and mix it with rosemary and chopped garlic. Place the chops on a baking tray brushed with butter mixture and cook for 12-15 minutes at 375°F. Once done, drizzle more butter on the chops and enjoy your dinner.

Keto Diet Day 3

Breakfast: Fruit Smoothie and Smoked Sausages

If you prefer a predominantly sweet breakfast, you can go for a fruit smoothie that tastes excellent, filling, and has few carbohydrates. Add frozen strawberries, frozen raspberries, and frozen blackberries in a blender. Add almond or coconut milk to get a rich and creamy taste. Blend them. You can sprinkle some bits of almond and grated coconut on top to enhance the flavor.

Have two turkey sausages on the side for an even more satisfying breakfast.

Snack: Egg Muffins (Makes two servings)

Crack and whisk one egg. Add 3-5 chopped mushrooms to it. Crush a clove of garlic and add a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Mix well and pour into two muffin molds. You can add cheese or tomatoes as well for variety.

Lunch: Classic Egg Salad With A Twist

Take two hard-boiled eggs and crush them to form bite-sized pieces. Dice onion and avocado into small pieces. Next, wash a handful of cherry tomatoes. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt. You can squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it, and your egg salad will be ready to eat.

Or, you can prepare a proper dressing by mixing two tablespoons of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of Greek yogurt, and a dash of olive oil. Gradually, fold the sauce into the egg mixture and end by sprinkling a little bit of kosher salt.

Dinner: Meatballs and Side Salad

Take 1/2 pound of ground beef and add chopped garlic, ginger, shredded mozzarella, and one egg. Mix well and form into five balls. Heat oil in a skillet and fry the meatballs to a rich golden color for around 10 minutes. Move the meatballs to a plate and add one chopped onion to the skillet and fry until golden brown. Add two chopped tomatoes and keep cooking until a sauce-like consistency is obtained. Throw in garlic paste and coconut milk and the broth will turn creamy. Add the meatballs and cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, and your dinner is ready.

So, take a deep breath and jump onto the Keto bandwagon. Starting is the hard part. Once you get started, the journey is smooth sailing! And, the weight loss and extra energy are fantastic!

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Do you wish you had an EBook that included the tastiest Keto- friendly bread recipes?

Are you looking for additional support with your meal plans? Are you interested in learning what a 2-week meal plan on TRW would look like?