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Scientists Discover Simple Psychological Tools to Battle Fake News

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  • A link between conspiracy theories and childhood fantasies reveals coping strategies.
  • Related: Our challenge really is against the stupidity and cognitive dissonance that rules us today.

Peter Hess, Inverse

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August 13, 2018 | We don’t usually think of fake news and conspiracy theories as children’s problems, but new research suggests that childhood fantasy might pave the way for people to buy into false narratives in adulthood. Knowing this, the researchers tell Inverse, sheds light on the ways we can protect adults from falling prey to these narratives, especially as fake news becomes increasingly hard to avoid.

Fantasy realms and make-believe are thought to make kids feel less vulnerable by giving them a sense of control or order in a chaotic world. Believing in conspiracy theories and fake news later in life has largely the same effect: These ideas give a sense of order to a world in which things don’t often fit with how we think the world should be.

https://fsmedia.imgix.net/assets/user/2x1/216-peter-hess.jpg?auto=format%2Ccompress&w=650 Peter Hess is a writer living in New York. He is preoccupied with Star Wars and memes, but he writes about climate change, chatbots and ants. You may have seen his work in Popular Science, New Scientist and Motherboard.

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Our challenge really is against the stupidity and cognitive dissonance that rules us today. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Vandana Shiva, physicist and thinker: our challenge really is against the stupidity that rules us today
  • "We are not atomized producers and consumers, we are part of an earth community, we are part of a human community…"
  • Part 2: The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance
  • The Western mind … (is) so full of propagandistic nonsense that there is no connection to reality.

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Americans Live In A World Of Lies

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  • The millions of Americans whose jobs were given away to foreigners know full well that they have not benefited. They know the story told by neoliberal economists and financial presstitutes is a lie.
  • Related: American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t For These 8 Myths.

Paul Craig Roberts, OpEdNews

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Sat Aug 4, 2018 | The US government and the presstitutes that serve it continue to lie to us about everything. Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics told us that the unemployment rate was 3.9%. How can this be when the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also reports that the labor force participation rate has declined for a decade throughout the length of the alleged economic recovery and there is no upward pressure on wages from full employment. When jobs are plentiful, people enter the labor force to take advantage of the work opportunities. This raises the labor force participation rate. When employment is full -- which is what a 3.9% unemployment rate means -- wages are bid up as employers compete for scarce labor. Full employment with no wage pressure and no rise in the labor force participation rate is impossible.

The 3.9% unemployment rate is not due to employment. It results from not counting discouraged workers who have ceased to search for jobs because there are no jobs to be had. If an unemployed person is not actively searching for a job, he is not counted as being in the labor force. The way the unemployment rate is measured makes it a hoax.

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American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t For These 8 Myths. Lee Camp, TruthDig / Popular Resistance

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  • Point is, in order to enforce this illogical, immoral system, the corrupt rulers—most of the time—don’t need guns and tear gas to keep the exploitation mechanisms humming along. All they need are some good, solid bullshit myths for us all to buy into, hook, line and sinker. Some fairy tales for adults.
  • It’s time to wake up.

 

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What the McCain Eulogies Tell Us About the Media and the Regime

  • Part 1: The Real John McCain
  • Straight Line Logic recently called John McCain a half-baked warmonger jackass, and there’s no reason his death changes that assessment.
  • Part 2: What the McCain Eulogies Tell Us About the Media and the Regime
  • So many Americans, and the opinion molders who tell them what to think, are getting ludicrously carried away.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Real John McCain, by Jack Kerwick

Jack Kerwick, Straight Line Logic <https://straightlinelogic.com>

August 26, 2018 | As soon as John McCain had been diagnosed with brain cancer, Democrats and Republicans in Washington and the press spared no opportunity to lavish praise upon this lifelong government employee.

The truth, though, is that in exchange for the billions and billions of dollars that McCain has confiscated from them for well over three decades, taxpayers have received an ever-burgeoning administrative state, relentless illegal immigration from the Third World, and, of course, war—and all while McCain has pretended to be a “conservative.”

Jack Kerwick: His area of specialization is ethics and political philosophy. He is a professor of philosophy at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jack blogs at Beliefnet.com: At the Intersection of Faith & Culture.

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Part 2: What the McCain Eulogies Tell Us About the Media and the Regime

Tom Woods, Tom Woods Show

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I do think some people are behaving in bad taste. But I do not think I am prohibited from making sober remarks at a moment when so many Americans, and the opinion molders who tell them what to think, are getting ludicrously carried away.

The phenomenon we are witnessing is so Orwellian that I can’t resist exploring it. I am less concerned with criticizing McCain — there will be ample time for that — than I am with trying to understand the regime under whichwelive, and the media lackeys that glorify it.

Tom Woods, a senior fellow of the Mises Institute, is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 books and host of the Tom Woods Show.

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American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t For These 8 Myths

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  • Point is, in order to enforce this illogical, immoral system, the corrupt rulers—most of the time—don’t need guns and tear gas to keep the exploitation mechanisms humming along. All they need are some good, solid bullshit myths for us all to buy into, hook, line and sinker. Some fairy tales for adults.
  • It’s time to wake up.

Lee Camp, TruthDig / Popular Resistance


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July 26, 2018| Our society should’ve collapsed by now. You know that, right?

No society should function with this level of inequality (with the possible exception of one of those prison planets in a “Star Wars” movie). Sixty-three percent of Americans can’t afford a $500 emergency. Yet Amazon head Jeff Bezos is now worth a record $141 billion. He could literally end world hunger for multiple years and still have more money left over than he could ever spend on himself.

Worldwide, one in 10 people only make $2 a day. Do you know how long it would take one of those people to make the same amount as Jeff Bezos has? 193 million years. (If they only buy single-ply toilet paper.) Put simply, you cannot comprehend the level of inequality in our current world or even just our nation.

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Complexity is largely ignored in today's moral judgments: The Meaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous TimesMeaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous Times

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Author James Baldwin, in 1979. His searches for moral clarity included examining intellectual difficulties and ethical complications. Photo by Max Petrus, Courtesy of Dial Press

  • Part 1: Complexity is largely ignored in today's moral judgments.
  • We are quick to condemn, with scant effort to understand.
  • Part 2: The Meaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous Times
  • You can’t stamp out conscience.

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Part 1: Complexity is largely ignored in today's moral judgments.

 

We are quick to condemn, with scant effort to understand. That's a departure from a long history, and a real loss for society. 

Lee Siegel, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

July 28, 2018 | In his 1963 book, "The Fire Next Time," James Baldwin describes meeting Elijah Muhammad, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam. Baldwin felt alienated by Muhammad's black separatism and by his universal hatred of white people; at the same time, he admired Muhammad's acute understanding of the countless ways in which institutionalized white power continued to injure and suppress African-Americans.

"I felt very close to him," Baldwin writes about Muhammad, "and really wished to be able to love and honor him as a witness, an ally and a father." Yet, reflecting on the moment when the two men said goodbye, Baldwin writes, "we would always be strangers, and possibly, one day, enemies."

Lee Siegel is the author, most recently, of "The Draw: A Memoir." He wrote this article for the New York (NY) Times.

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Part 2: The Meaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous Times

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You can’t stamp out conscience.

Brandon Smith, Alt-Market.com

July 7, 2018 | Perhaps the most destructive idea ever planted in the minds of the general public is the notion that nothing in this world is permanent — that all things can and must be constantly changed to suit our whims. The concept of impermanence fuels what I call “blank slate propaganda.” The usefulness of the blank slate as a weapon for social control should be explained before we examine the nature of good and evil, because these days it infects everything.

The push for never ending social “evolution” has been called many things over the decades. In the early 1900s in Europe it was called “futurism;” an art and philosophical movement that helped spawn the rise of communism and fascism in politics. The argument that all old ideas and longstanding traditions should be abandoned to make way for new ideas, new technologies, news systems etc., assumes that the supposedly new ways of doing things are superior to the old ways of doing things. Things are rarely this simple, and in most cases the new methods so proudly championed by movements for social change are usually recycled and repackaged old ideas that are notorious for failure.

Brandon Smith, Founder, Alt-Market.com

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