Better Math is the solution to fake news and social media manipulation

Oft repeated lies become the truth

Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, is a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels. The 2016 election showed how critically timed social media news can damage fatally the candidacy of electoral candidates with little or no remedy in law. (It is not illegal to spread rumours in a foreign country).

Yet tech majors can help. With browser embedded plugins, they can analyze and scrutinize the sentiment, the polarity, the word association of a web page. With the added advantage of IP address lookups, the social media can be a fair place for  news just like  credit bureaus are fair places for credit ratings.

Unless you like Russian Hackers for the people, of the people, by the people.



Working with Cloudera’s VM and Python and R

  1. Download Cloudera VM from
  2. Boot it up using VMware using instructions from and  (after download from
    1. 1

      Select File > Open.


      In the file selection window, find and select the virtual machine package or configuration file for the virtual machine to open.

      Virtual machine package files have the extension .vmwarevm. Virtual machine configuration files have the extension .vmx. You can view a file’s extension by selecting File > Get info.


      Click the Open button.

      VMware opens the virtual machine and powers it on.

  3. Download putty from (seriously dude)
  4. login to Cloudera VM using Putty as followScreenshot 2018-01-02 12.06.42IP address for connecting
    1. Username and Password – cloudera
  5. Install R using – sudo yum install R
  6. For Python see latest version at Screenshot 2018-01-02 12.24.13
  7. cd /opt
  8. sudo wget
  9. bash
  10. Accept all conditions!
  11. type jupyter notebook to launch Python in Notebook screenshot-2018-01-02-14-11-13.png
  12. For RStudio
    1. See download link from
    2.  sudo wget
    3. sudo bash
    4. yum install rstudio-1.1.383-x86_64.rpm
  13. For RStudio Server (better alternative since RStudio didnt work above)
    1. instructions from 
    2. $ wget
      $ sudo yum install --nogpgcheck rstudio-server-rhel-1.1.383-x86_64.rpm
    3. Open this http://localhost:8787/ in browser in VM and use cloudera cloudera as username and password
    4. Install packages as needed 🙂
    5. To check rstudio sessions type this in command line

sudo rstudio-server active-sessions 

Screenshot 2018-01-02 14.07.32

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