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Historically, Income Inequality Is Known As A Destroyer Of Civilizations – The Intellectualist

Historically, Income Inequality Is Known As A Destroyer Of Civilizations – The Intellectualist

Getting to the point of your book, you argue that if people want to address income inequality, they shouldn’t be blind to the fact the only policy that has leveled income has been state collapse, disease, and now war and revolution. That’s unfortunately true.

Why BulletProof Diet/Coffee is based on BS. – Science of Running

The author writes:

I’m not going to discuss the scientific merits or lack thereof of the diet but instead look at it as an example of marketing, psychological bias, and why people believe dumb things.

Why BulletProof Diet/Coffee is based on BS.

I apologize to those who come here for good track or athletic related training advice. Bare with me for this post as I take on something that has been bugging me for the past few weeks. Once again, it’s from someone who makes claims that running the crazy high mileage of 50mpw is unhealthy, but that’s not my gripe.

1 in 5 U.S. Gun Owners Use Drugs, Report Mental Health Condition: Survey | Newsweek

1 in 5 gun owners in the U.S. self-reported using drugs and having a mental health condition

More than 20 percent of gun owners in the U.S. admit to usingdrugs while also suffering from a mental health disorder, according to a study. According to a survey of 1,098 gun owners by rehab center The Florida House Experience, one in three people self-identify as having a mental health disorder, with anxiety, mood disorders and post-traumatic stress among some of the most common conditions.

A new study suggests fake news might have won Donald Trump the 2016 election – The Washington Post

I saw a comment on FB yesterday where in response to where professor David Rothkopf of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs writing on “The Shallow State” wrote:

“…Donald Trump, champion and avatar of the shallow state, has won power because his supporters are threatened by what they don’t understand, and what they don’t understand is almost everything.”

…some guy commented writing:

—“Jxx Hxxxxxx: Actually no. I voted for Trump because the thought of one of the most corrupt families in the history of the country was again about to occupy the White House gave me nightmares. AND I do read and understand facts, a bevy of which I can present in order to back my beliefs.”—

What? “ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT FAMILIES IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY”???? Where does he get something like that? Where the f#*@ does that come from?

A seed was planted in that guy’s brain years ago in the early 1990s and then cultivated watered and fertilized by as a sustained and well-funded strategy of defamation by the right to shape the way we talk about the Clintons, what we believe or think we “know” about the Clintons.

The Russians then came along a few years back and took to harvesting the seeds from those cultivated crops of distortions disinformation and outright lies and made sure it was spread around fertilized and cultivated again. And they then went beyond that to help develop new strains of disinformation, the “Fake News”, building on the past and weaponizing new lies like Clinton was in “very poor health due to a serious illness”, the Pope had endorsed Trump, and HRC approved weapons sales to Islamic jihadists, Pizzagate, and more.

Anyone who denies this doesn’t understand how incredibly powerful marketing is and that we are constantly being bombarded by marketing every day.


Have Christian nationalists staged a “soft coup,” with Trump as their figurehead

The enormous role played by evangelicals in Trump’s victory — and in his enduring core of support — has not received as much attention from the mainstream news media.

Have Christian nationalists staged a “soft coup,” with Trump as their figurehead?

Christian nationalist support for Trump is in some ways transactional. Their desire to protect the perceived Christian identity of the country has nothing to do with the religious bona fides of the person or people who help them achieve it. Trump is seen as a tool used by the Christian God to make America Christian again.


Flat Earthers Setting a New Low For Ignorance And Stupidity

Ignorance and stupidity are not the same things but both seem to be at time embodied in the minds of flat-earthers,

A short collection of videos I recently watched on engaging with flat-earthers…(This guy Victor from Brooklyn in videos one, two, and three is special! Wow)

David Rothkopf on Donald Trump & The Shallow State

The Shallow State

The “deep state” is the flavor of the month for conspiracy theorists, the “black helicopters” of 2017. The idea of career intelligence and military officers and bureaucrats marshaling the institutional power they have spent decades mastering to advance their goals regardless of the whims or wants of elected public officials or the people at large is irresistible, Tom Clancy stuff.

Opinion | How to Win an Argument About Guns – The New York Times

Opinion | How to Win an Argument About Guns

Tragically, predictably, infuriatingly, we’re again mourning a shooting – this time at YouTube’s headquarters – even as the drive for gun safety legislation has stalled in Washington. Polls show that nine out of 10 Americans favor basic steps like universal background checks before gun purchases, but the exceptions are the president and a majority in Congress.

Madeleine Albright Warns: Don’t Let Fascism Go ‘Unnoticed Until It’s Too Late’ : NPR

Madeleine Albright Warns: Don’t Let Fascism Go ‘Unnoticed Until It’s Too Late’

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright describes herself as an “optimist who worries a lot.” And lately, it seems, there has been much to worry about. Albright’s new book, Fascism: A Warning, starts by describing how Hitler and Mussolini came to power in the 20th century, then warns about today’s authoritarian rulers in Eastern Europe, North Korea, Turkey and Russia.

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