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  • How to Break an Illusion

    11/14/2016 8:54:58 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 30 replies ^ | 11/14/16 | Scott Adams
    Anti-Trump protesters believe they are fighting the good fight to stop a racist, homophobic, sexist monster. But about half of the country – the half that I’m in – is in a different movie. In our movie, we selected a new president and half of the country is in cognitive dissonance over it. Assuming the protesters are the ones experiencing the illusion, and not us, how can we release them from their zombie-like existence so they will stop blocking traffic? I’ll tell you the general approach. The main thing you have to do is violate the frame. Clinton framed Trump...
  • Jamie Dimon on auto loans: 'Someone is going to get hurt'

    06/02/2016 12:05:27 PM PDT · by detective · 67 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 2, 2016 | Jon Marino
    Jamie Dimon is sounding the alarm on auto loans. "Auto is clearly a little stretched, in my opinion," the JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO said Thursday morning, speaking at the Alliance Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. "Someone is going to get hurt... we don't do much of that." But other lenders have. The average size of new auto loans is rising, as is the average payment size, according to research from Experian released Thursday morning. In May, the total amount of auto loans cracked the $1 trillion mark for the first time, marking a 10 percent increase. It comes...
  • But Men Have Shown They Prefer the Darkness: A Meditation on the Human Tendency toward Illusion

    02/15/2016 8:12:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    But Men Have Shown They Prefer the Darkness: A Meditation on the Human Tendency toward Illusion Msgr. Charles Pope - February 14, 2016 - We live in largely skeptical times, steeped in a relativism, in which many scoff at the idea that we can know the truth or even that there is a truth to be known. Never mind that in so doing they are in fact making a truth claim of their own! But the ability to perceive one's own logical inconsistencies is not is not a common trait these days.Nevertheless, despite the tenor of our times, it...
  • Gay couples want Kentucky clerk to reissue mirage licenses

    09/23/2015 5:10:06 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/22/2015 | Adam Beam & Claire Galofaro
    Gay couples in Kentucky are questioning the validity of altered marriage licenses issued by a defiant county clerk and have asked a federal judge to order her to reissue the licenses or put the office in receivership and have someone else do it.
  • And They Call It ... Success!

    04/17/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | April 17, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    There are times when the master politician has to be a master illusionist. And there are too many times when he doesn't fool anybody, perhaps not even himself, and some little Toto reveals the Great and Powerful Oz as just another little man behind the curtain. And the illusion can no longer fool even the long illusioned. Despite a beautiful stage setting like the Rose Garden at the White House, the perfect if artificial lighting, and the usual supporting cast of intellectual munchkins in the merry old land of Washington, singing, dancing, prancing and applauding all around. For no matter...
  • An animation of the fantasy of a Democrat-run government vs. reality

    02/24/2014 10:22:29 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-24-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Unclean at Any Speed, Electric cars don’t solve the automobile’s environmental problems

    07/02/2013 12:10:48 PM PDT · by thackney · 32 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | 30 Jun 2013 | Ozzie Zehner
    Last summer, California highway police pulled over pop star Justin Bieber as he sped through Los Angeles in an attempt to shake the paparazzi. He was driving a hybrid electric car—not just any hybrid, mind you, but a chrome-plated Fisker Karma, a US $100 000 plug-in hybrid sports sedan he’d received as an 18th-birthday gift from his manager, Scooter Braun, and fellow singer Usher. During an on-camera surprise presentation, Braun remarked, “We wanted to make sure, since you love cars, that when you are on the road you are always looking environmentally friendly, and we decided to get you a...
  • The End of the Obama Illusion

    05/15/2013 5:55:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 15, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    President Obama is shattering the illusions of his supporters, and eyes are opening, even among his former media allies. As if waking from a slumber, a newly aggressive White House press corps yesterday raked Jay Carney over the coals over various lies and evasions, prompting Megyn Kelley of Fox News to quip, "What's happened? Who are these reporters who showed up here?" They are disillusioned and angry liberals who are starting to grasp that they have been lied to, who realize that a skeptical stance is necessary when examining a narrative offered by team Obama on Benghazi or the IRS...
  • An Open Letter To A Fellow Priest

    08/22/2012 8:13:30 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 8 replies
    Blog: The Testimony of Gloria Polo ^ | Update: August 22, 2012 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    This letter was sent to a priest who forbid me (Fr. Joseph Dwight) to offer to the people, in his parish church (in Italy, 2009), printed copies of the Testimony of Gloria Polo when I substituted for him at a few Sunday Masses. - - - - - - - Dear Father ... , How are you? I hope that you find time to pray without hurry before Jesus in the tabernacle even though we all have so many things to do. You asked me by telephone to not offer anymore the booklet on the testimony of Gloria Polo: “From...
  • Obama The Illusionist (pic)

    08/16/2012 11:34:34 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-16-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Incredible 3D Stereoscopic Civil War Photos

    07/07/2012 1:11:19 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Wild Ammo ^ | Eric S
    Incredible 3D Stereoscopic Civil War Photos Stereoscopic images basically involve taking 2 or more static images, from slightly different angles, to create a 3D effect that tricks the eye into noticing the depth of field, angles and perspective of the image. Thus, it’s possible to take a flat image and create 3D depth to it. When applied to older photographs, it’s an amazing technique, because it brings life to history. Take for example, these Civil War photographs that use a stereoscopic effect!
  • Feminist summer school: training the new generation of 'suffragettes'

    08/14/2011 2:48:23 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 14 replies
    (And you wonder why Britain is in trouble ....) After just one day of classes at her summer school of choice, Emily Birkenshaw had already learned a crucial lesson: how to "go floppy" when facing arrest. "You're heavier then, so you can't be carried," she said, with the genuine delight of a new recruit. The 24-year-old been practising by linking arms with her classmates and singing loudly at a pretend policeman. "It just felt really empowering," she said. "If that happened [in real life] – and I hope it wouldn't – I'd know how to do it without getting hurt."...
  • Our Failed National Economy (Let's face it, Our growth the past decades was built on an illusion)

    11/05/2010 6:41:19 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 12 replies · 3+ views
    Minyanville ^ | 11/05/2010 | David Stockman (Former Reagan OMB Director)
    Tuesday night's election result was a victory for deep partisan stalemate, polarization, dysfunction, and acrimony throughout the halls of government. The market badly wanted a Republican victory, and sometimes you get what you wish for. Unfortunately, Mr. Market’s innocent dreams of a more “business friendly” government will turn out to be a nightmare of fiscal profligacy on a scale that's virtually unprecedented in modern history. It's now guaranteed that the hapless soul who succeeds to the White House in January 2013 will preside over a nation with $15 trillion of reported public debt, that is, debt at 100% of GDP...
  • Mitt Romney 3.0: Republican "Low-Keying it" on 25-State Tour (Caption New Mitt)

    08/29/2010 2:40:39 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 24, 2010 11:53 AM | Brian Montopoli
    [snip] In addition, Romney is presenting a more "easygoing and accessible" image instead of again offering up "the formally dressed, perfectly coiffed, carefully rehearsed candidate" of the 2008 campaign, according to the Globe. "Mitt is doing a better job at low-keying it,'' former New Hampshire Republican Party chairman Steve Duprey told the newspaper. "He would be wise to stay with it right through a presidential primary.'' Romney has been spending the summer at his $3.5 million home on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, where he drives a Chevy Silverado truck and can be seen in jeans, not suits. (That's an image...
  • Holy Virgin appears in Colombian thunder storm

    07/02/2010 3:20:01 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 55 replies · 4+ views
    Columbia Reports ^ | July 1, 2010 | Pandora Pugsley
    The Holy Virgin risked over-exposure this week after Our Lady of Mount Carmel popped out yet again to the delight of Colombian villagers. The seemingly ubiquitous deity's image was spotted on a wall at a cross-roads by a young boy in Cumural, central Colombia. "It's true!" said one over-excited neighbour, who personally saw a picture of the Virgin, sporting a crown, robe and scapular and cradling baby Jesus in her arms. Among theories circulating as to how Our Lady got there, the favourite appeared to be that she was "beamed from the heavens" following a thunder storm. It wasn't long...
  • Unfortunately, the Unemployment Number Drop is Merely an Illusion

    02/05/2010 2:56:51 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 11 replies · 771+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2-5-2010 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: State-Controlled Media can only talk about how great is the unemployment rate. "Lower than expected." Let's go to the audiotape. VARNEY: The unemployment rate falling to 9.7%. That is an improvement from the previous month. It's better than expected. TODD: The unemployment rate surprisingly dropped below 10% to 9.7%. That's the good news. LEE: ...falling to 9.7%, and that's an improvement from last month and better than expected. JOHNSON: That headline number is absolutely huge. You can't underestimate that. ELAM: We haven't seen unemployment that low since last summer. RUSH: Yeah, except the problem is it's not...
  • O's 'blank screen'Why he's losing credibility

    10/17/2009 3:14:53 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies · 1,677+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 17, 2009 | LYNN FORESTER DE ROTHSCHILD
    IN "The Audacity of Hope," Barack Obama described himself as "a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views." This is a powerful tool in elections and explains why liberals, moderates, Democrats, Independents and Republicans joined together to give him 53 percent of the vote last November. Since his election, this "blank screen" has been an asset, allowing the new president to maintain an illusion of progress, even as he has avoided the hard choices necessary for progress. But, as Americans ponder the unavoidable consequences of the president's policies -- particularly health-care reform --...
  • Placebo Effects: Part 1 (market & economy)

    08/09/2009 9:09:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 261+ views
    Euro Intelligence ^ | 07/20/9 | Satyajit Das
    Placebo Effects: Part 1 By: Satyajit Das Mixed Metaphors… Botanical commentators are finding ‘green shoots’. The astronomically minded have seen ‘glimmers’. The meteorologically minded have spoken about the storms ‘abating’. Strong rallies in equity and debt markets have confirmed the recovery for the ‘true believers’. The Global Financial Crisis ("GFC") crisis is over! It is useful to remember Winston Churchill’s observation after the British expeditionary force’s escape from Dunkirk: "[Britain] must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory". There may be confusion between ‘stabilisation’ and ‘recovery’. The ‘green shoots’ theory is based on...
  • Monkeys fall for visual illusion

    06/26/2009 6:12:12 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies · 940+ views
    bbc ^ | 25 June 2009 | Victoria Gill
    A visual illusion has provided clues about how monkeys recognise faces. In a study, rhesus monkeys responded to the "Thatcher effect", a strange phenomenon that makes it difficult to detect changes in an upside down face. The study, in the journal Current Biology, is the first to show this effect in non-human animals. The authors say this suggests that the ability to identify a familiar face may have evolved in an ancestor common to humans and rhesus monkeys. The Thatcher effect is named after Margaret Thatcher, because images of the former UK prime minister's face were used its first demonstration,...
  • A "Psychological" Optical Illusion:

    02/11/2009 1:31:40 PM PST · by BGHater · 13 replies · 887+ views
    Eyes and Vision ^ | 09 Feb 2009 | Eyes and Vision
    The influence of culture and environment can have an effect on our visual perception. This theory was first explored by Robert Laws, a Scottish missionary working in Malawi, Africa, during the late 1800's. Take a look at the picture below. What you see will largely depend on where you live in the world. After you have examined the picture, scroll down for a more detailed explanation. So What Did You See? What is above the woman's head? When scientists showed a similar sketch to people from East Africa, nearly all the participants in the experiment said she was balancing a...
  • Swedish researchers create body-swap illusion

    12/06/2008 8:11:45 PM PST · by egannacht · 15 replies · 623+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Dec 3, 2008 11:04am EST | Reporting by Maggie Fox; Editing by Julie Steenhuysen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers using closed-circuit televisions to create an illusion have made volunteers virtually swap bodies, even making women believe they were in a man's body and vice-versa. [Snip] The illusion only goes so far. The researchers said they could not fool their volunteers into thinking they were a box, for example.
  • El Rushbo's Gut Starts To Speak! (Things Are Heading In The Right Direction Alert)

    10/31/2008 3:38:41 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 48 replies · 2,348+ views
    Rush ^ | 10/31/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: My gut is starting to talk to me, ladies and gentlemen. As you know and as I discussed over the course of the previous week, my gut was not giving me any indication whatsoever, and my gut started talking to me last night. Barack is headed back to Iowa. That should be a lock. It's a dead heat. Sarah Palin headed there on Monday, to Dubuque. Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Nevada -- well throw Pennsylvania out of there -- Florida, Ohio, Nevada, look like pretty good McCain certainties here, pretty good, depending on who you listen to. It's Friday, and...
  • Obama's Tax Cuts an Illusion According to WSJ

    10/13/2008 6:00:07 AM PDT · by Obamalujah · 4 replies · 313+ views
    Right Werds, Korrekt Speech ^ | 10/13/08 | Bear Nichols
    You know something is afoot whenever you hear any tax-and-spend liberal talking about tax cuts. While Obama has proposed a tax cut for 95% of Americans, the Republicans have not him at all for the obvious. It's an illusion. You cannot raise spending by $1 trillion over 4 years and not raise taxes. He's proposing one of the largest tax increases ever on the 5% of Americans, but demagoguery seems to always go unanswered in politics. The other catch is that 40% of Americans do not pay taxes. That means they will be getting government handouts, which cannot be coined...
  • HUMINT: Political Illusion

    05/12/2007 7:45:36 AM PDT · by humint · 9 replies · 1,644+ views
    humint ^ | 12 May 2007 | humint
    POLITICAL ILLUSION: When the supportive architecture of a democratic society is misinterpreted and subsequently portrayed to be tyrannically suppressive. POLITICAL VISION: The empowerment of officers in society to protect and serve all citizens’ liberties without infringing on existing democratic architecture. ESSAY: Optical illusions are visually perceived Images that trick our senses into seeing what may or may not exist. For example, Rubin’s Vase is a popular, two dimensional illusion. Indeed, it’s a perfect specimen to illustrate the major premise of this essay. For the uninitiated, the curves of Rubin’s Vase double as a silhouette of two opposing human faces. If...
  • CA: Governor may be selling an illusion of unity

    03/11/2007 10:27:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 349+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/11/07 | Peter Nicholas
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has plunged into the debate over the nation's future with his call for a new, "post-partisan" governing style aimed at ending political gridlock. But the Republican governor, who intends to take his message to Iowa, New Hampshire and other critical states as the presidential campaign proceeds, is selling something that may be illusory. Schwarzenegger used raw political muscle to forge the big legislative victories of his first term, allying with the Democrats, who dominate California's Capitol. Along the way, Republicans felt quashed. Post-partisanship, said a rueful state Sen. Tom McClintock (R-Thousand Oaks) "is the process...
  • Brooklyn sidewalk caves in, swallows woman

    12/05/2006 6:03:10 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 26 replies · 973+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/5/06
    Brooklyn sidewalk caves in, swallows woman Tue Dec 5, 3:57 AM ET NEW YORK - A woman out walking Monday was swallowed by the sidewalk when it caved in under her. The woman, 64, fell into a sinkhole about 5 feet by 2 feet wide and about 5 feet deep in front of a house in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Firefighters rushed to the woman's aid, using metal hooks to pull concrete chunks off her before strapping her to a stretcher and removing her from the hole. The woman, who had just picked up her two grandchildren from a...
  • Quick Change Artists on America's Got Talent (Must See Video - YouTube)

    08/22/2006 9:00:15 PM PDT · by Eagle9 · 10 replies · 463+ views ^ | David & Dania
    A really cool illusion. Married Magic act called David and Dania performing their quick change act. Absolutly Amazing! .SWF version - much better than standard .SVG version .SVG version 
  • ISRAEL'S FOLLY -- Land For Peace? Who Were The Elites Kidding?

    08/16/2006 7:05:51 AM PDT · by Apolitical · 16 replies · 597+ views
    We must ask already now: What happened to us? What the hell happened to us? A simple thing happened: We were drugged by political correctness. The political correctness that has come to dominate Israeli discourse and Israeli awareness in the past generation was totally divorced from the Israeli situation. It did not have the tools to deal with the reality of an existential conflict. It did not have the tools to deal with a reality of an inter-religious and inter-cultural conflict. That is why it focused entirely on the Palestinian issue. It made the baseless assumption that the occupation is...
  • The Illusion Of Public Opinion: Fact and Artifact In American Public Opinion

    08/07/2006 7:49:16 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 2 replies · 601+ views
    Book Review by Shrinker M.D. | 2004 | George P. Bishop
    RATIONALE FOR REVIEW: On 17 July 2006 I opened the Star Tribune Newspaper. On the front page was a bold headline saying, “WIDE GAP A SURPRISE IN RACE FOR SENATE.” The Star Tribune sponsored Minnesota Poll claimed that Democrat Amy Klobuchar held a strong, 19 point, lead over Republican Mark Kennedy. While the local Democrat Party poll also had her ahead by 15-16 percent, others found only a seven point difference (Zogby and Rasmussen). While the poll did relate Democrat and Republican voting preference it did not give the proportion of Democrats and Republicans. This was surprising since in May...
  • Concern over immigration is no illusion

    01/09/2006 3:26:35 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 9 replies · 457+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 1-9-06 | Katherine Kersten
    To hear some critics of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's recent report and proposals on illegal immigration, you'd think that he'd suggested mass deportations and a fence around the state. The governor's opponents have thrown ugly words his way, among them "race-baiting,"xenophobic" and "fear-mongering." To hear some critics of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's recent report and proposals on illegal immigration, you'd think that he'd suggested mass deportations and a fence around the state. The governor's opponents have thrown ugly words his way, among them "race-baiting,"xenophobic" and "fear-mongering." We've come to expect overheated rhetoric on highly charged issues such as illegal immigration. But one...
  • Where's the optical illusion?

    10/17/2005 9:10:48 PM PDT · by WesG · 12 replies · 952+ views
    18 Oct 2005 | Wes
    Does anyone still have the picture (jpg) or the thread that was on here a couple days ago - an optical illusion. Um, it was a picture of a woman on a boat, with another boat in the background.... I've lost it, an wanted to share it with my coworkers. Thanks.
  • Painted bathroom floor photo circulating on internet; interesting facts re: genesis on!

    05/30/2005 12:38:40 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 22 replies · 5,996+ views
    SNOPES.COM ^ | MAY 30, 2005 | Unknown
    Claim: Photograph shows a bathroom with an unusually painted floor. Caption on photo making rounds on internet states: This is a painted floor!!!! I don't think I could even step into the room Status:False "IMAGINE . . . you are at a party. You have to go to the bathroom. There's only one at the house you're in. This is the bathroom you enter." Origins: The image shown above may qualify as a genuine artwork, but not of the type claimed (i.e., a bathroom with its floor painted to make it appear open to the sky from thousands of feet...
  • Has America Learned from 9/11?

    11/02/2004 10:12:46 AM PST · by stevejackson · 4 replies · 246+ views ^ | November 2, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    As Americans pick a president, one key criterion is how the war on terror is going. Is President Bush correct in his positive view or Senator Kerry in his negative one?This same debate, interestingly, is also taking place within conservative circles, where analysts sharing the same basic outlook - that Americans are fighting for their very existence - come to dramatically different conclusions. Consider the contrasting views of two important voices on the right, Mark Helprin and Tod Lindberg.Mr. Helprin, author of such powerful novels as A Soldier of the Great War and Winter's Tale, writes a despairing analysis in...
  • Woman seeks good family to take over mysterious vortex

    03/14/2004 2:40:22 PM PST · by knak · 16 replies · 1,720+ views
    Maria Cooper poses in the doorway of the House of Mystery at the Oregon Vortex outside Gold Hill, Ore. The Oregon Vortex has been astonishing tourists since 1930 with a presentation of mysterious forces. (Jeff Barnard/The Associated Press) GOLD HILL, Ore. -- Looking for a career change? Interested in the paranormal? Always admired P.T. Barnum? Step right up, because Maria Cooper has a deal for you. For just $2 million, she will sell you the Oregon Vortex, a venerable roadside attraction off the beaten track where . . . Brooms stand on end! Balls roll uphill! And walking from one...
  • The Sick Mind of Noam Chomsky (Part I & II)

    06/07/2002 5:49:34 PM PDT · by vannrox · 35 replies · 936+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | October 2001 | By David Horowitz       Return to normal view The Sick Mind of Noam Chomsky | September 26, 2001URL: WITHOUT QUESTION, the most devious, the most dishonest and -- in this hour of his nation’s grave crisis – the most treacherous intellect in America belongs to MIT professor Noam Chomsky. On the 150 campuses that have mounted "teach-ins" and rallies against America’s right to defend herself; on the streets of Genoa and Seattle where "anti-globalist" anarchists have attacked the symbols of markets and world trade; among the demonstrators at Vieques who wish to deny our military its training grounds; and wherever...
  • Course On African-American Men Offered At Temple

    03/31/2002 6:17:54 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 73 replies · 457+ views
    KYW 1060 ^ | Sunday, March 31, 2002 | Karin Phillips
    Course On African-American Men Offered At Templeby KYW's Karin Phillips For the first time, Temple University is offering a special course that examines the Black man in America. Instructor Ed Coleman says his course, The Black Man, is designed to look beyond all of the grim statistics and media stereotypes and get students to critically examine the roots and characteristics of the modern African American man. According to Coleman, the black man's baggage has its roots in slavery, when the role of manhood was subverted from provider to survivor and sexual tool. "Where African American men or African men...