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  1. Is there a Science for dummies book?

    It's a great book, but I had to wade through it with great difficulty and I have a university degree. Willy says he's a simple country boy, which is cool, but I wonder if this book might be a bit above what he's asking for. Or, who knows, maybe he has more aptitude for the subject than I.
  2. Hard proof, ratings don't matter. The media's purpose is to control public opinion. Or as Chomsky put it, to manufacture consent. No comments? This doesn't interest you guys? I've found this subject fascinating since working through my own deconversion. By applying the same skepticism to everything else that I applied to religion, I started to realize that there is a whole lot more bullshit out there than just the church. I've always been someone who needs to know what is real and what is true. Those are kind of hard to pin down, but at least we can get a pretty good idea of what is not real and what is not true.
  3. Is there a Science for dummies book?

    Hey Willy, I like science too, but need a little help with it as it doesn't come naturally to me either. This is a great series that introduces space and physics in a very accessible way. The Openload links work best for me.
  4. If any here still think this is the stuff of tin foilers, I urge you to watch this amazing and informative documentary put together by BBC a few years ago. It's probably one of the most important documentaries of our time. I stand by the title of this thread. There is a second deconversion most may need to go through as religion isn't the only thing that we humans are typically indoctrinated with. “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” ― Edward L. Bernays
  5. Guess who's dead now...

    It's hard for me to imagine their lives are more stressed than ours. I've had huge amounts of stress in my life over the years and I don't think my experience is that different from most others. If you have a few million in the bank, you can actually just retire and go live on the beach in Belize. Most people don't have this type of escape from stress available to them.
  6. It might really be that simple. These guys run in small circles.
  7. Guess who's dead now...

    Seems like artistic types might experience emotional swings that are wider than the rest of us. A lot of musicians also seem to suffer from lack of self control. Amy Winehouse, Joplin, et al.
  8. Here comes Donnie: I love it

    I like to live in reality though. I'm weird like that.
  9. Here comes Donnie: I love it

    Welcome to ignore. I ain't hatin' on ya, but I just don't have energy for this nonsense anymore.
  10. Probably a feed the troops ep. I've seen them on Top Chef. It's all flags and god bless the troops. Not unlike the opening of an NFL game. By itself, these things don't mean much, but when they encapsulate every part of a person's life, they add up to feelings of profound patriotism that overshadow rationality when the country goes on bombing campaigns and asks for more military funding, or when your kid turns 18 and you encourage him to serve his/her country. The worst ones, however, are films like Zero Dark Thirty or Argo, which rewrite history and prop up the CIA, one of the most dangerous organizations on the planet.
  11. Here comes Donnie: I love it

    Red herring and not even worth addressing. I've tried to have a reasonable conversation with you. Sorry I tried.
  12. Here comes Donnie: I love it

    It probably doesn't need to be said, but all of this is in your imagination. I don't feel like I'm having an adult conversation here.
  13. Here comes Donnie: I love it

    How small do you imagine Russia is Rebe? Do you think every business deal made in the country ties to Putin? Russia is half the size of the US, which is huge. Should every Russian who does business with an American also be tied to Trump? My wife does business with the US. Part of her company is in Indiana. Is she a Trump puppet? The reality is, both Putin and Trump have their own limitations, but appear to both be trying to build some sort of detente between the two countries. If that's not something you're for, then you should really check your priorities because it's something everyone on this planet needs. The US confiscated private Russian property in the US a few years ago and the Russian people are running out of patience for Putin to respond with backlash. Putin has been doing his best not to respond in kind, even though he's under tremendous pressure at home to do so. He wants to build at least a careful truce between the two countries for the purpose of peace and global security. But the fact is, if Trump doesn't return the property, Putin is going to have to confiscate US property in Russia and expel diplomats and that's just going to lead to more tit for tat, which no one wins. Your idea that Trump is somehow just a puppet of Russia/Putin is so far out in left field from reality that no one outside the media bubble you live under takes it at all seriously. You simply aren't listening to or reading anyone who has any real knowledge. I suggest you check out people like Dr. Stephen Cohen. He speaks Russian, has lived here and knows Russian relations on a deep level. You'll learn a lot about what's really going on in the world. CNN just hires talking heads that report the news like bubble-gum groups sing music. It's not serious nor is it informed.
  14. Propaganda and disinformation are a part of our daily lives. They so naturally fit into our daily routines that we can live our entire lives and not even understand exactly how pervasive they actually are. Traveling and getting to know people from other cultures is disastrous to this as it can wake people up like a bucket of cold water or a slap in the face when they come to understand that others have a very different perception of reality. Americans are, as a group, quite isolated. They don't speak second languages generally. They don't travel outside of the country, or if they do, it's to tourist destinations in places like Acapulco where they are around other Americans, their media is owned by six corporations that share similar interests, and the government actively works to form and shape their opinions via every aspect of their entertainment lives (not to mention in various ways during K-12). CIA and Pentagon behind “over 800 major movies and more than 1,000 TV titles” Movies like Transformers, James Bond, Hulk (2003), Top Gun, Act of Valor, Zero Dark Thirty, and TV shows like Hawaii Five-O, America’s Got Talent, Oprah, Jay Leno, Cupcake Wars, documentaries by the PBS, the History Channel, and even the BBC, have all been influenced by the CIA and the Pentagon. According to a new document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the CIA and the Pentagon have tirelessly “worked behind the scenes on over 800 major movies and more than 1,000 TV titles.”
  15. Here comes Donnie: I love it

    Got it from a respected friend on Facebook. Wish I knew who sourced it all as I'd like to give them credit, but everything in the list is in the public domain. And yeah, the formatting is better on FB. I'll tag on on the post so you can keep the formatting over there.