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Federal 'nudge squad' led by 20-something gears up to change Americans' behaviors for our own good
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 30, 2013 | David Martosko

Posted on 07/30/2013 6:42:15 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o


Mara Shankar
Yalie
20-something
The New Boss of Everything

Maya Shankar is a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. Her mandate is to supervise the organization of a federal government 'nudge squad' that will subtly change the behaviors of bureaucrats -- and the rest of us.

When does a nudge become a shove?

Americans may find out, as the federal government is setting up a 'behavioral insights team' to tinker with the way we accomplish everything from saving money and staying in school to losing weight and becoming more energy-efficient.

The Obama administration's grand plans for behavioral science....

Cass Sunstein, formerly the Director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, is regarded as the godfather of modern government paternalism

In the UK, a series of bulletins sketch out how broad the approaches have become. They have tackled wasting food, cheating on exams, job-seeking schedules, skimping on charitable giving, drinking milk, morning commutes, choosing sources of energy and sticking to New Year's resolution.

'We are already working with over a dozen federal departments and agencies on newly-designed behavioral insight: the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Veterans Administration, Treasury, Social Security Administration, Housing and Urban Development, and the United States Department of Agriculture.'

[All] may not bode well, given that the NYC ban on large-size fizzy drinks has officially fallen flat.

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the city's Board of Health didn't have the constitutional authority to limit how much soda can go into a restaurant's cup.

The ruling will set a precedent that opens up such government interventions to [challenges] when bureaucracies try to tweak what ordinary people do, and how they do it.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: behaviormodification; bigbrother; controlfreak; mayashankar; nudgesquad; obamapropaganda; orwell; propaganda; propagandalegal; propagandateam; sciencetechnology; sunstein
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Insulting...

Aggravating...

Enraging!

Worth your time: go to the link and read the whole maddening thing. This arouses my total detestation and my will to resist, refuse and revolt.

1 posted on 07/30/2013 6:42:16 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Tax-chick; Lazamataz; don-o

Pass this on to others with a rebel spirit and a sense of humor. We need to ridicule this to death.


2 posted on 07/30/2013 6:43:17 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Aye, ye better agree or ye be walkin' the plank, ye pustulant, pox-ridden flounder!")
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To: Mrs. Don-o

This is so juvenile a program, I thought this was satire. What in the heck is wrong with these people? They are not even ashamed. I mean, what are we, a joystick pleasure for our rulers?


3 posted on 07/30/2013 6:44:49 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

WTF?


4 posted on 07/30/2013 6:44:50 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Good luck on that, BO. This government absolutely has no respect in vast areas of this country.

This effort to have university slugs telling working people what to do and how to think will be the most devastating failure in the history of American pollitics.


5 posted on 07/30/2013 6:46:59 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Mrs. Don-o

To quote RATM (yeah yeah I know they’re Commies) , “F-— You, I won’t do what you tell me.”


6 posted on 07/30/2013 6:49:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mrs. Don-o

When push comes to shove, I do not nudge.


7 posted on 07/30/2013 6:49:43 PM PDT by jy8z (From the next to last exit before the end of the internet.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

If Mrs. Chandler couldn’t change my behavior in nearly 40 years, the Federal Government doesn’t have a chance.


8 posted on 07/30/2013 6:51:23 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I hear wet grass.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Should I wait or tell her now to bite me...


9 posted on 07/30/2013 6:51:46 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Nudge our politicians to honor and follow the constitution please.

Nudge our representatives to stop gauging their success on the amount of grants they bring back to their district or state. Nudge them instead to measure their worth by how many dollars they cut from the budget and how many dollars they leave in the hands of the private sector.


10 posted on 07/30/2013 6:52:23 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: txrefugee
This effort to have university slugs telling working people what to do and how to think will be the most devastating failure in the history of American politics.

They could hire some slugs from UC Santa Cruz....

The Banana Slug, a bright yellow, slimy, shell-less mollusk commonly found on the redwood forest floor, was the unofficial mascot for UC Santa Cruz coed teams since the university's early years. The students' embrace of such a lowly creature was their response to the fierce athletic competition fostered at most American universities.

11 posted on 07/30/2013 6:52:54 PM PDT by spokeshave
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To: txrefugee
telling working people what to do and how to think

It might work on one of the working people, but not both.

12 posted on 07/30/2013 6:53:15 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I hear wet grass.)
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To: jy8z

They can nudge my ass.


13 posted on 07/30/2013 6:53:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: spokeshave
The Banana Slug, a bright yellow, slimy, shell-less mollusk commonly found on the redwood forest floor, was the unofficial mascot for UC Santa Cruz coed teams since the university's early years. The students' embrace of such a lowly creature was their response to the fierce athletic competition fostered at most American universities.

I thought it was in response to the Irvine Aardvarks.

14 posted on 07/30/2013 6:54:19 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I hear wet grass.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

"What do you mean, who am I sleeping with?!?!"

15 posted on 07/30/2013 6:54:22 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

A flippin’ foreigner? Are you kidding me? No wonder this country is going to hell in a handbasket.


16 posted on 07/30/2013 6:56:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Let's make it our turn in 2014. Vote early and VOTE OFTEN.)
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To: txrefugee

I cannot wait t’il they try that. Even the military has not such stupid stuff.

What we need in terms of nudge is less viagra for our power nut politicians and their “whiz kids”.


17 posted on 07/30/2013 6:57:16 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

She can nudge single women to not have babies outside of marriage.

She could nudge women considering abortion, to bring the baby to term and let families adopt them.

She could nudge men to marry women and create families instead of leaving a trail of fatherless children.

She could nudge those scamming the Social Security disability system to stop their thievery and pay the money back.


18 posted on 07/30/2013 6:58:35 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: workerbee

The new indispensable islamo-fascist, coming to a neighborhood near you. Cute little demons, not funny.


19 posted on 07/30/2013 6:59:02 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Your wish is my command

When asked if she was REALLY up to the job Miz Shankar said "Like 'Fer Sure!!"


20 posted on 07/30/2013 7:01:37 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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