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    • #7976
      alcina
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      Yeah, I’m still on FB — but only for the articles! 😉

      Anyway, I came across this gem today. It’s just so completely mind-boggling to me that anyone can think this way.

      “Finally we have a man, in the White house, not a puppet, one who is working for us the people in our Country. We voted him, & thank God we did. Quite a ma & President. Has so many negative things from last 8 years of Obama. He has slowed down our National Debt which had more than DOUBLED in the last 4 years of Obamah. More jobs out, people out there working, off welfare. & thank goodness food that our school childern can eat & will eat. Will be great to see where President Trump has taken us past his second term to 2024. God Bless you Sir!”

      This brilliant specimen is, not surprisingly, white, retired, “educated” at the “school of hard knocks,” and living in the southern US. And of course, her profile pictures includes the US flag waving proudly behind her.

      But, really? He’s “slowed down our National Debt”? There are more jobs? More people working? I’ll give her the fewer on welfare point, but that’s only because they were heartlessly kicked off (which I’m sure she’s fine with). And her reference to food that our “childern” can eat? Holy fork. I guess the childerns just weren’t onboard with eating food recommended by a black woman. Lordy no. Let’s get those sludge-burgers, fries, and cokes back in our little dumplings. Let ’em eat real ‘merkin food, like the white Jesus intended. Aaargh.

      [Edited to remove formatting tags…even after using the eraser!…. and yet again. Ugh.]

      "I believe man suffers from an appalling ignorance of his own nature." -William Golding, Lord of the Flies

    • #7979
      ThouArtThat
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      Propaganda has consequences.

      The essence of normality is the refusal of reality.

      - Ernest Becker

      Politics is the entertainment division of the Military Industrial Complex.

      - Frank Zappa

      Rights aren't rights if someone can take them away. They're privileges.
      That's all we've ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges.

      - George Carlin

      Sooner or later we all sit down to a banquet of consequences.

      - Robert Louis Stevenson

    • #7984
      alcina
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      I make a point of watching Fox news when I’m at the airport or somewhere else where they blast it. (Don’t have a TV here.) That’s about all I can take. I’ve watched a few of their stories on Youtube, but I really don’t like playing that garbage in the same place I eat and sleep.  But I can see how people who exist on it might be completely brainwashed. Fearful, ignorant, and hateful. But, christ, there really is no excuse for not changing the channel periodically. I guess they just reach a certain point where they willingly choose to be enveloped in that warm blanket of hate, despite the availability of other options.

      [Yay! I’m getting notifications again!]

      "I believe man suffers from an appalling ignorance of his own nature." -William Golding, Lord of the Flies

    • #7985
      N2Doc
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      They have been mentally captured by Fox and Rush. No amount of reality will change their minds. Best to move on, focus on people who still think for themselves.

      • #8050
        MistaP
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        they do have values–the GOP’s main selling point is success (as opposed to the Dems’ compassion)

        and that can be spun into so many way because success is a Good Thing, innit?–“you can cheat the less successful because they’re losers and you deserve what you can grab,” “you’re really a winner, but the Gubmint is wringing you dry for illegals and n–urban mothers,” “it’s not welfare, it’s me (your Senator up for a tough reelection season) wrasslin’ that swamp gater and making him cough up the taxes he stole from ya! I even got more back than we give DeeCee!”

    • #7997
      Vanflower
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      and everyone else is off their rockers stupid.  The right has fox and the left has the MSM, which in MHO is just as bad at promoting the outrage of the day and neolib/identity politics/pc culture propaganda

       

      • #8026
        elias39
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        I wonder sometimes about millennials. Are they awake? Do they read anything other than their phone screens?

        I watch more TV than I should I guess, but I find 2 major advertising thrusts on network and cable stations: a push to Baby Boomers to buy the newest prescription meds and stock up on the newest manifestation of Depends undergarments.

        The other group of ads seems directed at Millennials: his and hers new cars for Christmas, dieting fads, drinking lots of Corona and partying and then jump on the Peloton exercise bike and sweat it out.

        The MSM is in death throes. Fox? Fossilized.

        • #8037
          alcina
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          So we stream Hulu here with a vpn, and they run a mind-numbing amount of ads. Used to be, I’d skip the commercials; but having not watched the MSM for sometime, I’ve lost track of some of the latest trends and obsessions in US culture. Obviously, it’s all buy buy buy…otherwise you’re a loser. I believe it was Mark Kingwell who wrote, “Marketing is the facilitation of envy.” Sadly, many people are fueled by jealousy and resentment of those whom they believe have it “better” or “easier” than they do; and of course that feeling is exploited by those in power.

          As for the drug ads, well, they are comedy gold for us. (There’s no drug advertising here in Ontario.) In fact, John Oliver ran a great montage on the side effects (hopefully the link works):

           

          "I believe man suffers from an appalling ignorance of his own nature." -William Golding, Lord of the Flies

    • #8079
      Enthusiast
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      Utterly misinformed.

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

      Me

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