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  • Implicit bias means we're all probably at least a little bit racist [John 5]

    08/17/2015 9:41:31 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    Vox ^ | 6/23/2015 | Jenée Desmond-Harris
    There's a word for why we're all probably at least a little bit racist, even if we really don't want to be: Implicit bias. It's a term that describes what's happening when, despite our best intentions and without our awareness, racial stereotypes and assumptions creep into our minds and affect our actions. It seeps into just about every aspect of life, including areas like criminal justice that can have deadly consequences. Thirty years of neurology and cognitive psychology studies show that it influences the way we see and treat others, even when we're absolutely determined to be, and believe we...
  • The New Totalitarians Are Here

    07/06/2015 3:06:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 7/6/15 | Tom Nichols
    There’s a basic difference in the traditions of political science between “authoritarians” and “totalitaritarians.” People throw both of these words around, but as is so often the case, they’re using words they may not always understand. They have real meaning, however, and the difference between them is important.Simply put, authoritarians merely want obedience, while totalitarians, whose rule is rooted in an ideology, want obedience and conversion. Authoritarians are a dime a dozen; totalitarians are rare. The authoritarians are the guys in charge who want to stay in charge, and don’t much care about you, or what you’re doing, so long...
  • When to Doubt a Scientific Consensus [long, but good]

    06/22/2015 9:01:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    The Stream ^ | 6-20-15 | Jay Richards
    A December 18, 2009 Washington Post poll, released on the final day of the ill-fated Copenhagen climate summit, reported “four in ten Americans now saying that they place little or no trust in what scientists have to say about the environment.” This was the month the tide turned in public perceptions of climate change. Several recent polls have found “climate change” skepticism rising faster than sea levels on Planet Algore (not to be confused with Planet Earth, where sea levels remain relatively stable). Many of the doubt-inducing climate scientists and their media acolytes attribute this rising skepticism to the stupidity of...
  • Our Overnight Orwellian Unraveling

    06/15/2015 12:57:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush ^ | June 15, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Let me get to this piece that I have been referencing for the first hour from the website the Federalist. "How to Escape the Age of Mass Delusion." Now, remember, I went searching for this because I was sent an e-mail from a Republican friend who thinks that the Republicans ought to drop the social issues stuff 'cause if they keep on they're gonna keep losing. I've always had a problem with that, and the headline of the story was: "Wall Street Is Getting Tired of Funding Socially Conservative Republicans Running for President." The problem that I have with...
  • The Silencing and Censorship of Opinions

    06/14/2015 7:46:51 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 11 replies ^ | June 14, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing liberal Kirsten Powers for C-SPAN about her new book, The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech, which takes on what she calls the “illiberal left” for using bullying, intimidation and political correctness to silence opinions that differ with their own. Really, she is criticizing the unAmerican and unconstitutional trend–whether by liberals or conservatives–to censor all opinions with which they disagree. She has amazing stories of the happenings on college campuses with kids being given “trigger” warnings on books and articles that might offend their sensitivities or give them PTSD by evoking...
  • How Seinfeld became a bad joke: The threat of a hyper-vigilant left-wing outrage machine....

    06/12/2015 12:28:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Salon ^ | June 11, 2015 | Arthur Chu
    How Seinfeld became a bad joke: The threat of a hyper-vigilant left-wing outrage machine has been greatly exaggerated Jerry Seinfeld is the latest brave middle-aged white man to weigh in on the “creepy” ascendance of humorless p.c. SJW anti-free-speech scolds. We know the drill now–we’ve heard it from comedians like Seinfeld and Patton Oswalt and, to a lesser degree, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock. We’ve heard it packaged in a different format from Very Serious media commentators like Jonathan Chait, Laura Kipnis and, most recently, an anonymous white male adjunct professor whose left-wing students “terrify” him. It’s a familiar, tired...
  • How to escape the age of mass delusion

    06/08/2015 9:38:51 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 74 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6-8-15 | Stella morabito
    [Snip] One of the best books that cracks the code on what we are living through was written by Dutch psychiatrist Joost A. M. Meerloo about 60 years ago. Mull over the first line of his book’s forward, and you will think he is writing about today: “This book attempts to depict the strange transformation of the free human mind into an automatically responding machine – a transformation which can be brought about by some of the cultural undercurrents in our present-day society as well as by deliberate experiments in the service of a political ideology.” That’s from “The Rape...
  • This is your brain on Whiteness: The invisible psychology of white American ignorance explained

    05/23/2015 12:14:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Salon ^ | May 22, 2015 | Chauncey DeVega
    Earlier this week, outlaw motorcycle clubs engaged in a daylight gun battle in Waco, Texas. This combat involved hundreds of people. The mall where the riot occurred was left resembling a war zone, with hundreds of spent bullet cartridges strewn about, broken bodies everywhere, and police and other local municipal services overwhelmed. By the end of melee, nine outlaws were dead, 18 wounded, and at least 165 people were arrested; 120 guns were recovered at the crime scene. In late April and early May, African-American young people protested the killing of Freddie Gray by the Baltimore police. Those peaceful protests...
  • I'm Out [liberal embraces conservatism]

    04/28/2015 11:56:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 29, 2015 | Fran Solomita
    I remember the righteous smugness I used to feel when the one conservative friend in my social circle would begin expressing his opinions at a dinner gathering. I and the other ‘enlightened’ diners would shift uncomfortably and glance at one another, rolling our eyes: "Here he goes again." My stomach would tighten with a worry not fit for the occasion. I began to feel personally offended. And the smugness sometimes boiled over into anger, as I'd listen to my friend, loyal and kind, simply share his "crazy" ideas and opinions with us.What I thought then was only my frustration with...
  • Why our prep-school diplomats fail against Putin and ISIS

    03/15/2015 12:27:25 PM PDT · by x · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 15, 2015 | Ralph Peters
    Why do our “best and brightest” fail when faced with a man like Putin? Or with charismatic fanatics? Or Iranian negotiators? Why do they misread our enemies so consistently, from Hitler and Stalin to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph?
  • Maher to Berkeley Grads: Avoid Groupthink! Fight Climate Change!

    12/21/2014 6:32:13 AM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Comedian Bill Maher delivered his long-anticipated and controversial speech at the University of California Berkeley winter commencement on Saturday–and it turned out to be a rather conventional liberal address. Though much debate surrounded Maher’s views on Islam, he largely avoided the subject, instead telling students to make climate change their generation’s priority. “I hope all of you here today consider the environment to be paramount among the many challenges we face.” Ironically, Maher would later tell students to think for themselves. “Be a free thinker. One reason our politics is so screwed up is that everyone has become so tribal....
  • This cartoon pretty much sums up standing up for conservative principles vs. liberal group think…

    12/12/2014 5:26:48 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 12-12-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Not that the language was that harsh, but I scrubbed it for FR...
  • 30-year New York Times Science Writer Out After Writing Book About Genetics, Race

    05/11/2014 10:16:48 AM PDT · by mojito · 65 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/10/2014 | Chris Reed
    Nicholas Wade, a British-born science reporter and editor for more than 30 years with The New York Times, is no longer with the newspaper — just days after the release of his latest book, in which he depicts blacks with roots in sub-Saharan Africa as genetically less adapted to modern life than whites and Asians. Was The New York Times uncomfortable with Wade’s science or his conclusions? It’s unclear. Neither Wade nor his former employer returned requests for comment. Wade’s last Times article appeared April 24. His Penguin Press book “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History” arrived in...
  • So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

    04/02/2014 9:55:23 PM PDT · by Theoria · 58 replies
    NPR ^ | 02 April 2014 | Alix Spiegel
    The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria.It wasn't the only question she was considering; there were others:Will North Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014?Will Russian armed forces enter Kharkiv, Ukraine, by May 10? Rich's answers to these questions would eventually be evaluated by the intelligence community, but she didn't feel much pressure because this wasn't her full-time gig."I'm just a pharmacist," she said. "Nobody cares about me, nobody knows my name, I don't have a...
  • Scientific Groupthink and Gay Parenting

    12/18/2013 10:16:33 PM PST · by Praxeologue · 8 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | December 18, 2013 | Richard E. Redding
    The controversy over a recent study on gay parenting illustrates a sociopolitical groupthink operating in the social scientific community. Scientists should go where the science takes them, not where their politics does. University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus’s study, “How Different Are the Adult Children of Parents Who Have Same-Sex Relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study,” published in the academic journal Social Science Research last year, caused a firestorm in the scientific community. Unlike most previous studies, Regnerus found that children of parents who had experienced a same-sex relationship fared worse than children of heterosexual parents on...
  • Liberals and Groupthink: the Narrative Is King

    10/13/2013 3:40:00 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 13Oct13 | Allan Erickson
    Neanderthals and Narcissists in the age of incoherence. ”Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an incorrect or deviant decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences.” (Source: Wikipedia) One of the stark ironies in this age of incoherence is the clash between post-modern presuppositions, and reality. For example, the prevailing presupposition appears to be: we can print money endlessly, spend this...
  • Freedom of Speech As Long As You Agree With Me

    08/31/2013 9:56:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 8-31-13 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    “Die Gedanken sind frei.” —“Thoughts are Free,” famous German song about freedom of thought, 1810-1820, author unknown Shortly after I arrived in the U.S., I realized that the freedom of speech Americans thought they had, was, let’s just say, with no intention of offending anyone, a figment of their naïve imagination. I was naïve too, having escaped a communist dictatorship, I felt free to speak my objective opinion, thinking that there would be no harmful consequences since my freedom of speech was guaranteed. I felt elated. I did not have to fear the security police day and night; and I...
  • Young Voters on Climate Deniers: ‘Ignorant, Out of Touch, Crazy’

    07/27/2013 11:50:21 PM PDT · by South40 · 87 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 7/26/2013 | Salvatore Cardoni
    Say what you will about us millennials—we’re a wilting bouquet of narcissistic, socialistic, overeducated, underemployed, tatted-up hipsters who still live at home—but, from this day forward, don’t you dare say we’re climate change deniers. A strong majority (66 percent!) of young independent voters, ages 18 to 34, accept as dogma that man and his dirty deeds are causing, and will continue to cause, climate change—this according to a study conducted by a bipartisan pair of political strategy groups for the League of Conservation Voters.
  • Girls coming to Boy Scout jamboree for first time

    07/15/2013 9:58:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Naples News ^ | 7/15/13 | John Raby
    Make room, guys. The girls are coming to the Boy Scouts of America's national jamboree. For the first time, female participants will be among the more than 40,000 Scouts and leaders attending the national gathering that occurs every four years. The jamboree runs July 15 to 24 at the Summit outdoor adventure site in southern West Virginia.... Letting them participate was "just the right thing for us to do," Pritchard said. "This was just the next logical step for us to take, to give those members of our program an opportunity to enjoy what we have here as well, to...
  • Justice Department: Employees must affirm homosexuality

    05/20/2013 2:20:00 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | May 20, 2013 | J. Matt Barber
    May 20, 2013 ( - Under President Obama, “justice” is anything but blind. Neither is it deaf. In fact, based on recent revelations, it appears to be watching your every move and listening to your every word. Still, if you happen to be a federal employee, now it’s even listening for your silence. The only thing this Obama White House seems to generate is scandal. Well, here’s yet another to add to the growing list. In addition to the Benghazi cover-up, IRS targeting of political dissenters and the illegal seizure of media phone records, whistleblowers within DOJ have contacted Liberty...
  • The Color of Your Character

    07/09/2012 4:49:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 93 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 9, 2012 | Ross Kaminsky
    Liberals really are a single-minded lot: In their view, the only possible explanation for a person hoping that Barack Obama loses his next election is racism. All things political are analyzed through a filter of skin color, putting today's left directly at odds with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream that his children "will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Conservatives might argue that leftists are hypocritical on this score, that they are judging Obama by his skin color and judging...
  • “Polls” showing Blacks rallying to Obama’s position on Gay “marriage” totally miss the point

    05/29/2012 7:03:39 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 13 replies ^ | May 29, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In response to the major smack down Gay “marriage” got in North Carolina. Barack Obama made a hurried and clumsy announcement of support for such unions. Immediately thereafter most Black pastors reacted with strong condemnation of Obama’s position. In reaction to their speaking out against Gay “marriage” Obama twisted the arm of some of the more influential pastors as he had strong armed Cory Booker for his “heresy.” To make all of this go away Public Policy Polling (PPP) a North Carolina firm that had misled Obama into thinking he was going to lose the vote the North Carolina gay...
  • Romney Up In SC (Romney 30%, Gingrich 23%, Santorum 19%)

    01/08/2012 12:09:05 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 172 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 12-7-2012 | Tom Jensen
    Romney 30% Gingrich 23% Santorum 19% Paul 9% Perry 5% Huntsman 4%
  • DUmmie FUnnies 11-02-11 (VIDEO: Colbert Interviews a Couple of OWS GroupThink Yo-Yos)

    11/02/2011 5:06:44 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 37 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | November 2, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    Stephen Colbert beautifully exposes in this VIDEO a couple of typical OWS GroupThink NUtcases. According to press reports, the "male-bodied person" half of this team is Justin Wedes who is originally from the WEALTHY Michigan neighborhood of Huntington Woods. As for the "female-bodied person" dope, what can you say about someone who calls herself "Ketchup?" I absolutely guarantee that she is also from a wealthy background who, along with Justin, is playing a game of Fantasy Slumming by attending these OWS protests despite the fact that both of them are One Percenters. Most laughable are the silly hand and...
  • VIDEO: 'Occupy Atlanta' in strange group chant, silences Civil Rights Hero John Lewis

    10/08/2011 4:06:40 PM PDT · by garjog · 156 replies
    Youtube ^ | Oct 8, 2011 | conservARTive
    Watch this video of strange group behavior. Effects of drug use? Mob rule psychology? Really strange people in control.
  • Climate Alarmist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg Advocates Groupthink

    09/01/2011 4:10:02 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 2 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | September 2, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    “Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is Director of the Global Change Institute. He is an active research scientist working on coral reef ecosystems and environmental change, for which he receives Australian Research Council support,” boasts his bio. I’m not sure what “global change” means, to be frank, or what an “active research scientist” is. I do know what an activist research scientist looks like, however. His name is Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. In “The Conversation” a website dedicated to promoting Labor-first groupthink (my wild guess) the “active research scientist” actively attacks critical thinkers from his (my second guess) high-energy office. Hoegh-Guldberg preaches: The science...
  • The Hypnotic States of America

    05/19/2011 9:32:25 AM PDT · by abigail2 · 102 replies
    Foundation of Human Understanding ^ | May 19, 2011 | abigail2
    Born in London in 1928 of Jewish heritage, I grew up during the Second World War and knew that members of my extended family were murdered in the Holocaust. The puzzlement at how this could happen affected me from my earliest years. How could an otherwise civilized society like Germany become so completely immersed in what appeared to be a madman leading a nation in a trance? This was no ordinary madness; trains ran on time, children went to school, the opera performed—the veneer of patriotic normalcy was everywhere and yet the people fought to the death for the beast...
  • Vanity: What is the official FR stance on Obama's birth certificate and the 2012 election?

    04/21/2011 10:12:33 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 84 replies · 1+ views
    self | April, 21 2011 | self
    I'm just curious what the official Free Republic stance is on Obama's birth certificate with respect to the 2012 election. Is demanding Obama produce his long form birth certificate a requirement of every prospective candidate? Is it the litmus test for supporting a candidate? So where Mitt Romney is rightly persona non grata around here it is OK to push Donald Trump and defend his positions because he is pushing the birth certificate issue? And write off true conservatives like Mark Levin and Michele Bachmann?
  • The Reign of Group Think: Be Nice and Compromise

    03/29/2011 10:08:34 PM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 15 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | March 29, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    I remember being grouped together with other students as early as the first grade. Rather than being arranged in rows of individual desks, we were clustered in groups of four, facing each other. We were given work to do as a group, rather than as individuals. I despised the practice then, and I continued to all the way through college. It didn't seem right to have to compensate for others and share a grade. The result was always the same. I did less and worse than I would have individually. It was far more work to pull others along than...
  • No Conflict? NPR's Nina Totenberg Takes on John Edwards Daughter As Summer Intern. (2007)

    10/23/2010 6:05:33 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 03, 2007a | Tim Graham
    National Public Radio reporter Nina Totenberg -- legendary (or infamous) for championing Anita Hill's unsubstantiated sexual harassment charges against Clarence Thomas, and then yawning at all harassment claims against Bill Clinton -- is hiring the daughter of liberal Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards as a summer intern...
  • 10:10 No Pressure Movie Taken Down After Complaints (Al Gores Friends)

    10/03/2010 4:34:49 PM PDT · by jroneil · 28 replies
    Now Public ^ | 10/1/2010 | Amy Judd
    The 10:10 Climate Change Campaign in the UK Released Their 'No Pressure' Campaign Video, But Had to Remove it After Violence Complaints
  • Eight Commandments of the Left - Explains Everything They Say and Do (info-vanity)

    09/11/2010 10:29:09 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 2 replies
    Eddie01 FResearch | July 23rd, 2006 | Eddie01
    (Another Freeper suggested I Post this...) Folks keep looking for “truth” in the words and statements coming from the progressive MSM, where quite frankly none is expected. It’s damned aggravating. Here is how they operate. It’s quite simple and explains everything they say and do. It hangs on their office walls. Irving Janis was a Psych professor at Yale (ring a bell). He researched groupthink and developed eight groupthink behaviors. I recast them a little below as commandments of the progressive left. I Thou shalt create an illusion of invulnerability shared by most members to foster excessive optimism and encourage...
  • Godless Righteousness

    08/25/2010 8:54:19 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 5 replies ^ | May 23 2010 | Bill Randles
    godless righteousness… Posted on May 23, 2010 by billrandles Do you remember the social and moral revolution of the 1960′s? The youth movement of the left were destined to break all of the rules, and liberate society from the dreary bondage of the past. They were going to show us how to do it the right way! As an anthem from that day proclaimed,”All the world over so easy to see, that people everywhere just want to be free“. Isn’t it ironic that those same revolutionaries, now come of age, have created a society that is vastly more restricted than...
  • Eight Commandments of the Left (with apologies to Irving Janis) - vanity

    07/24/2010 1:17:27 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 4 replies
    Ed's Head | 7-24-2010 | Eddie01
    Eddie, why am I reading your vanity? Because I am going to share a discovery with you that explains everything the left says and does. First, let me introduce you to Irving Lester Janis (26 May 1918 - 15 November 1990). He was a research psychologist at Yale University and a professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He is most famous for his theory of "groupthink" which described the systematic errors made by groups when taking collective decisions.So what Eddie? Groupthink is a tired slur that gets tossed around, make this quick or I’m outta here. Wait! Groupthink...
  • Groupthink & Independence

    07/04/2010 9:53:02 AM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Constitution Club ^ | 7-04-10 | Voice of Reason
    As we celebrate Independence Day, I, perhaps like many others today, find myself pondering its significance. While many may be thinking back to the 1770s and the great many personal sacrifices and contributions American families made at the time toward the establishment of the United States, I have found my thoughts to be rooted in present times and, at the core, the seemingly ongoing trend away from independence. I believe there to be a fatal flaw in today’s groupthink. The flaw may simply be that there is too much groupthink. For a country founded in the spirit of autonomy, it...
  • Lawmakers to university: Explain expulsion of Christian

    04/25/2010 4:39:38 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 26 replies · 1,037+ views
    WND ^ | 24 APRIL 2010 | Bob Unruh
    Lawmakers in Michigan are preparing to call on the carpet leaders of taxpayer-supported universities across the state after top officials at Eastern Michigan University expelled from a counseling program a Christian student who refused to argue in support of the homosexual lifestyle. As WND reported, trouble began for master's program student Julea Ward when she refused to accept a client whose issue concerned a homosexual relationship.The school expelled her from the counseling program March 12, 2009, for refusing to abrogate her own personal religious beliefs and support the homosexual lifestyle.
  • Coffee Party Group Therapy Session

    03/14/2010 7:50:36 AM PDT · by Xenophon450 · 23 replies · 565+ views
    Youtube ^ | March 13, 2010 | Lee Doren
    All hail the new political class!!! LOL
  • Scientific Fraud Caused by Social Pressures

    11/21/2009 6:46:20 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 23 replies · 996+ views
    Softparanorma web site ^ | August 10, 2009 | Dr. Nikolai Bezroukov
    <snip>2.4 Diagnosis #4: The Attraction of Magnificent Academic Trusels. A "trusel" is an idea or a finding that is widely perceived to be true, but which is largely useless (or even of negative value). (The idea that a truth may lack value may be disturbing, but it is true, although it is not a trusel and probably will not be thought to be magnificent.) A "Magnificent Academic Trusel" (MAT) is a trusel that has been widely acknowledged for its intellectual content (explicitly or implicitly), but without a corresponding amount of attention being given to its utility or even to its...
  • Invisible Shackles

    10/25/2009 11:34:38 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleConservative · 3 replies · 421+ views
    Think About It Some More on-line broadcast ^ | October 22, 2009 | Barbara From Harlem
    Barbara from Harlem and her co-host discuss some critical issues in their new on-line only broadcasts entitled "Invisible Shackles" and "Stand up and Speak Out." Issues such as black people always using racism as an excuse and President Obama's attempt to demonize his opposition are discussed. I believe these 2 broadcasts are important to listen to, digest and share with others. Due to the fact that Barbara's family has voted as Democrats since the 1930s and Barbara herself was involved in local democratic party politics, her insights and analyses about what is plaguing inner-city America are particularly useful. However, "Invisible...
  • All the President's Bigoted Men

    08/15/2009 2:59:37 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 1,142+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 15, 2009 | Selwyn Duke
    When Barack Obama said that the Henry Louis Gates affair was a teachable moment, he spoke truly. But the key is ensuring that the right things are taught and the right people learn. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen. There is no need to rehash the events of July 16 chapter and verse. We all know about how the Harvard professor flew into a rage of racial accusations and haughty posturing after Sergeant James Crowley appeared at his Cambridge home to investigate a report of a possible break-in. We've heard that Gates called Crowley a "racist" and said he was...
  • A Wind Blows Against The Political Spectrum

    05/04/2009 4:00:45 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 805+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 04, 2009 | Lee Cary
    Those who plot people and issues along the political spectrum of left, right, and in-between may be late to perceive a new wind blowing from outside their perspective. It blows invisibly, this wind. We can't see it, only what it occasionally stirs up. It's gaining velocity across the nation. When it blows hard enough, it will move The Spectrum. Big media plots politics and politicians along The Spectrum. That's all they know. It's how they think. How they entertain. Sell ads. In their delivery, they imitate the characters of courtroom theater. Prosecution v Defense leads to Jury decision. Mostly, they...
  • Business reporters confess news sins while U.S. economy collapsed

    04/27/2009 7:43:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 86 replies · 1,685+ views
    The Colorado Independent ^ | 27 April 2009 | John Tomasic
    In a windowless room at the Westin Hotel in downtown Denver, leading business journalists and editors explained how the media “blew it” in covering the economic meltdown. They admitted, on one hand, to falling under the sway of free-market ideology and celebrating risk-taking financial leaders and, on the other, to missing the complex story of the rupturing system by only reporting it in parts and to almost no effect for the past decade. Although not planned as confession, the discussion, which kicked off the annual conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), quickly descended into an...
  • How to Sell a Mess; What "stimulus" advocates learned from the push for war with Iraq

    01/29/2009 9:02:26 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 13 replies · 528+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | January 29, 2009 | Jesse Walker
    When Washington makes a big decision—to pass the PATRIOT Act, to invade Iraq, to bail out Wall Street, to spend hundreds of billions "stimulating" the economy—the most important stage of the debate isn't the final agreement on what to do. That's just a bunch of details about portions and timing. The key stage comes in the initial rounds, when the acceptable radius of disagreement is established. Your sharpest critics are often your most radical critics, so it's important that their arguments be confined to the foreign press, the blogosphere, and other backwaters. Once those boundaries are ratified, you must police...
  • Why so many minds think alike

    01/15/2009 11:08:21 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 36 replies · 796+ views
    CNN ^ | 1/15/2009 | Elizabeth Landau
    (CNN) -- You're in a room with 10 other people who seem to agree on something, but you hold the opposite view. Do you say something? Or do you just go along with the others? Imaging techniques help scientists look at the basis for principles of social psychology in the brain. Decades of research show people tend to go along with the majority view, even if that view is objectively incorrect. Now, scientists are supporting those theories with brain images. A new study in the journal Neuron shows when people hold an opinion differing from others in a group, their...
  • Austin Hill: What I Saw At McCain Headquarters On Election Night 2008

    12/28/2008 12:27:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies · 4,654+ views
    Townhall ^ | December 28, 2008 | Austin Hill
    Viewing the United States through the eyes of a foreign national is one thing. And viewing the United States through the eyes of foreign media professionals is another thing. So as we close-out 2008, and begin a new year with the soon-to-be President Obama, the view from the “foreign news desk” may shed some light on some of the ways in which the world misunderstands both our country, and our President-elect. I don’t have any “McCain scandal” to tell. No tabloid-style inside scoop about John McCain and Sarah Palin squabbling behind the scenes on election night, or Palin’s daughter’s boyfriend’s...
  • Obama's Spiral of Silence

    11/01/2008 5:11:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 2,483+ views ^ | October 31, 2008 | Wynton Hall
    If Sen. Barack Obama loses the presidency or wins by far narrower margins than the double-digit lead some mainstream media polls predict, his weak performance will not be the result of the so-called “Bradley Effect,” which holds that black candidates underperform at the polls due to latent racism. Rather, the true culprit will be something public opinion scholars call the “Spiral of Silence Theory.” In the 1970s, German political scientist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann introduced a provocative and startling theory of mass communication she called the “Spiral of Silence.” Noelle-Neumann argued that when mass media create an impression that the majority of...
  • Understanding the Alinsky Method of “Community Organizing”

    11/13/2008 3:25:59 AM PST · by antonia · 18 replies · 6,669+ views ^ | Sep 24, 2008 | Bob Dill
    Poe: "They are leftists, dedicated to overthrowing our Constitutional system," and "they will go to any length to conceal their radicalism from the public." Understanding the Alinsky Method of "Community Organizing" Written by Bob Dill Sep 24, 2008 at 12:00 AM Meet the Real Obama and Cult of Alinsky " The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV) It is becoming readily apparent that the "change" being proposed vaguely by Sen. Barack Obama is...
  • How To Credibly Establish Troll Credentials On A Conservative Site

    10/22/2008 8:52:19 AM PDT · by StatenIsland · 280 replies · 4,090+ views
    RedState ^ | 10/21/08 | Lord Vegas
    The problem most of our less than intelligent trolls have in coming to a Conservative website in order to spread discord and dispirit the troops is their own leftist insticts to throw bombs. Poeple, people, people, you can't ALL be Bill Ayers! The world would be a terribly anarchistic hell-hole if everyone was throwing bombs. Some of you have to learn subtlety, in infiltrating the ranks of the Conservative Right -- infiltrate and form a fifth column from within. Allow me to explain how it can be, and has been done. Selecting a screen name When selecting a screen name...
  • Channel 4 to be censured for controversial global warming film

    07/20/2008 3:22:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies · 229+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/19/2008 | Laura Clout
    The makers of a Channel 4 documentary which claimed that global warming is a swindle misrepresented the views of some of the world's leading climate scientists, the media watchdog is expected to rule next week. In a judgment at the end of a 15-month enquiry, Ofcom is expected to censure the channel over The Great Global Warming Swindle, broadcast in March last year. The film sparked outcry from environmentalists and led to a complaint from a group of senior scientists about apparent errors, distortions and misrepresentations. It is thought that complaints about privacy and fairness from the Government's former chief...
  • Hey There, Sweetie...

    05/16/2008 10:03:21 AM PDT · by nancyvideo · 25 replies · 99+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 16, 2008 | Nancy Morgan
    Obama called a reporter sweetie. Gasp. The pundits are divided on whether he should attend sensitivity training to correct his thinking or whether his coerced apology will suffice. The debate swirls, the opinions proliferate. The lesser pundits anxiously await the position paper from the National Organization of Women before commiting themselves to a firm stance on this vital issue. The rest of the world news takes a back seat. Welcome to another national conversation. Non-stop news coverage of experts, pundits and elites opining on someone else's opining. As in, "What he really meant to say was...", and "He said that...