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VIDEO: People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why. | The Nation


VIDEO: People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why.

Text by Joshua Holland. Graphics and animation by Rob Pybus. This work was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and its Puffin Story Innovation Fund. Last week, in Denmark, Malthe and Lærke Knudson had a baby girl they named Emma. That same day, the Robinsons-Dale and Beth-had a little baby in the United States.

15 Things Americans Would Know if There Were a ‘Liberal Media’ | Alternet

15 Things Americans Would Know if There Were a ‘Liberal Media’

Reince Priebus (and apparently many others) still thinks there’s a liberal media. While I share Reince’s frustration with the media, as a liberal, I’d like to go on record and state that the media isn’t focusing on issues I care about. They seem to be far more focused on entertainment and making money.

Defense of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop offers case study on how to sell snake oil | Ars Technica

Defense of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop offers case study on how to sell snake oil

This week, Gwyneth Paltrow’s high-profile lifestyle and e-commerce site, Goop, gave birth to a beautiful gift to the Internet-and it wasn’t a moon-powered vagina egg that invigorates our mystical “life force.” No, it was a perfectly crafted reference guide for how to sell snake oil. It’s really quite impressive.

Why you think you’re right — even if you’re wrong | Julia Galef – YouTube

The Scout vs.Soldier Mindset (Motivated Reasoning)

I’ve wanted to write my own article here about what Julia Galef has written and spoken about the Scout vs.Soldier Mindset but I can’t do much better than this article here:

Why do some of us have better judgement than others?

Julia Galef is the president and co-founder of a nonprofit called The Center for Applied Rationality based in Berkeley, California. In a TEDx talk, she explains what causes some of us to act with good judgement and some not. She says we can have either of two mindsets which she calls: Soldier and scout mindset.

And this is a good interesting article too…

Overconfidence and the scout mindset

“The presence of the Dunning-Kruger effect, as it’s been come to be called, is that one should pause to worry about one’s own certainty, not the certainty of others.” – David Dunning, ArsTechnica The election last night of Donald Trump has unleashed a wave of second-guessing on the part of the media and Clinton supporters alike.

On My Use of the Pejorative Label SCPOTUS

So I was reprimanded tonight by a FB friend for referring to DJT as the SCPOTUS and I’m thinking there might be something to changing the rhetoric worthwhile considering. Their comment to me:

—“I can’t have a conversation with someone who chooses to say SCPOTUS. that’s where I rest my case. The last time I checked Trump IS the POTUS. He won the election. you may not like it or accept it but there is no “SC.” And because you and others choose to speak like this I have nothing more to discuss. There is no conversation to be had. No quotes. No exchange of views. And the reality is that that kind of thinking is not winning elections. It just alienating more people.”—

The one thing I can say I don’t agree with in there is —“And the reality is that that kind of thinking is not winning elections”— because to some degree it did win an election. DJT made insulting denigrating, misogynistic, racist, xenophobic, demeaning pejorative rhetoric the norm and it inspired and supercharged his base and it also didn’t really stop any of the Republicans who found that type of language revolting from voting for him.

But I am critical of the Hillary-crats who insult and call Bernie “irrelevant” and I am critical of the ideological sanctimonious Bernie-or-Bust-ers too. I’ m critical of the people who post the bullshit nonsense from sites like PartisanReport as being just shy of being left wing Alex Jones type content because I consider it counter-productive.

But on the other hand as I have also recently said I agree with Brian Cox and Thomas Jefferson where they have said respectivly:

—“The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it. The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!”— B.C.

And …

—“Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.”— T.J.

I will probably never ever refer to DJT as President T… because I think that denigrates and insults the office and the 46 Presidents that came before him but I think a change in rhetoric might be worth considering. As Michelle Obama famously said: “When they go low, we go high”
Although that is not so easy when you hear rhetoric from DJT like Crooked Hillary, Crazy Bernie, Lyin’ Ted, Little Marco, ‘Low Energy’ Jeb, and Pocohantas and you know it works (and there are scientific hypotheses supporting why it works).

While I think changing the rhetoric might help in the effort to sway the centrists away from their support of Trump I think that is a losing strategy. HRC courted the centrist middle and they voted for Trump anyway and that a reactionary move back to the right anyway.

Then again will the pejorative labels inspire and bring out the Progressive grassroots. I don’t think so. I think, or at least I like to think that they respond to real ideas and real policy and while the flaming pejorative rhetoric may appeal to some unlike the right it’s not something that supercharges them.

Anyway, I think this all calls for some more thinking on my part, maybe on all our parts….

Democrats are doubling down on the same vanilla centrism that helped give us President Trump – LA Times

Democrats are doubling down on the same vanilla centrism that helped give us President Trump

Last Friday evening, a diverse crowd gathered in an airless Los Angeles church for a Democratic National Committee “Resistance Summer” rally. The plan was simple: to invigorate the base with speeches, then run a phone bank to oppose the Republican healthcare bill. Instead, Democratic Party officials quickly lost control of the event.

Even when proof exists that the moon landing was a hoax, why do school textbooks continue to glorify the Apollo mission? – Quora

Even when proof exists that the moon landing was a hoax, why do school textbooks continue to glorify the Apollo mission?

Patrick Germain’s answer: It has been suggested that Stanley Kubrick, the truly gifted director who was responsible for such classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey was hired to help fake the Apollo landings. Given Kubrick’s painstaking attention to detail, it is now well known that he was involved in …

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