It’s very hard to change people’s minds, especially when so many are already committed partisans. By Brendan Nyhan New York Times How easy is it to change people’s votes in an election? The answer, a growing number of studies conclude, is that most forms of political persuasion seem to have little effect at all. This conclusion may … Continue reading Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown
Why is Trump a Threat? How is He Any Different? by O Society on September 23, 2018 This morning, a wonderful question was asked by a person called Anastasia over on ConsortiumNews: "Why do they consider Trump such a threat since he IS truly doing everything that the deep-staters and the neo-cons want and is doing … Continue reading Why is Trump a Threat?
Edward Bernays and the birth of public relations Richard Gunderman “The most interesting man in the world.” “Reach out and touch someone.” “Finger-lickin’ good.” Such advertising slogans have become fixtures of American culture, and each year millions now tune into the Super Bowl as much for the ads as for the football. While no single person … Continue reading The Manipulation of the American Mind
Two Dogmas of Liberals Nowadays by ANDREW LEVINE Among the reasons MSNBC, CNN, NPR, the handful of comparatively progressive columnists whom The New York Times and Washington Post deign to publish, and other exponents of “liberal” thought have become harder than usual to listen to or read since Donald Trump became president is they are … Continue reading The Enemy of Your Enemy is Not Your Friend
Why we’re blind to the system destroying us by Jonathan Cook 15 September 2018 I rarely tell readers what they should believe. Rather I try to indicate why it might be wise to distrust, at least without very good evidence, what those in power tell us we should believe. We have well-known sayings about … Continue reading Why We’re Blind to the System Destroying Us
One death is a tragedy. One million deaths is a statistic." -Kevin Federline What do monkeys have to do with war, oppression, crime, racism and even e-mail spam? You'll see that all of the random ass-headed cruelty of the world will suddenly make perfect sense once we go Inside the Monkeysphere. "What the Hell is the … Continue reading What is the Monkeysphere?
The science. Not the rising sea levels. When North Carolina got bad news about what its coast could look like thanks to climate change, it chose to ignore it. In 2012, the state, now in the path of Hurricane Florence, reacted to a prediction by its Coastal Resources Commission sea levels could rise by 39" … Continue reading North Carolina didn’t like the science on sea levels, so they passed a law against it.