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  • Obama Regulation Czar Advocated Removing People’s Organs Without Explicit Consent

    09/04/2009 4:15:09 AM PDT · by Man50D · 105 replies · 2,375+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 04, 2009 | Matt Cover
    Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has advocated a policy under which the government would “presume” someone has consented to having his or her organs removed for transplantation into someone else when they die unless that person has explicitly indicated that his or her organs should not be taken. Under such a policy, hospitals would harvest organs from people who never gave permission for this to be done. Outlined in the 2008 book “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness,” Sunstein and co-author Richard H. Thaler argued that the...
  • The Nudge Debate (liberal paternalism)

    08/08/2013 9:39:15 PM PDT · by rey · 15 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 8 August 2013 | David Brooks
    excerpt: In 2009, Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein published a book, called “Nudge,” on how government and other organizations could induce people to avoid common errors. Last year, Sunstein gave the Storrs Lectures at Yale on the topic, which will soon be published as a book called “Nanny Statecraft.” Last month, the Obama administration announced that it is creating a new team to explore applications of this sort of empirical research to policy-making.
  • ‘First They Nudge . . . Then They Shove . . . Then They Shoot’

    08/05/2013 8:30:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | August 5, 2013 | Common Constitutionalist
    Rush Limbaugh says Obama's “Nudge Squad” is designed to promote certain behavior. I'm sure he just misspoke. The Nudgers themselves admit they are attempting to do much more than just promote. Government can and already does produce commercials that merely promote an agenda. No, the “Nudge Squad” is not a promotional group. These “behavioral scientists” are charged with steering us into making the “correct” decisions.And who gets to determine what’s the correct decision? Why, the administration. They are the arbiters of right and wrong, good and bad behavior.Do you recall the statement by Bill Clinton, circa 1999? Thanks to the...
  • No joke! Meet Obama's new 'nudge' czar

    08/01/2013 6:40:28 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 44 replies
    WND ^ | July 31, 2013 | Aaron Klein
    Maya Shankar, a White House adviser cultivating a team tasked with subtly influencing Americans’ behavior, previously worked closely with the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, WND has learned. Shankar has discussed utilizing cognitive science for social activism and is a champion of so-called social justice.
  • Nudging and Core Curriculum: Obama's Mind Control Begins

    07/31/2013 10:48:09 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/30/2013 | Maxim Lott
    The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient.
  • White House presses for team of ‘nudge’ experts to sway American behavior

    07/30/2013 9:49:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/30/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The White House has kicked off several federal projects aimed at influencing how Americans react to certain policy reforms, going so far as to solicit behavior experts to join a British-style “Behavioral Insights Team” to help nudge voters into accepting key political programs. “Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less and help people to achieve their goals,” a document on the government program states, Fox News reported. The document, emailed by White House senior adviser Maya Shankar and obtained by Fox News, also seeks applicants to join the federal government’s behavior modification...
  • An Open Letter to Bottom Dollar Foods

    06/16/2012 2:46:47 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 34 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | June 14, 2012 | Daniel Clark
    An Open Letter to Bottom Dollar Foods by Daniel Clark When Bottom Dollar Foods arrived in Pittsburgh, it immediately became my favorite grocery store. A discount supermarket that carries name brand items in addition to its store brands, it has also got reasonably-priced meats and excellent produce. Disappointingly, my shopping days at Bottom Dollar may be numbered, however, if my recent experience there turns out to be the start of a trend. As I was about to check out, I noticed that the 5-cent plastic shopping bags that normally hang near the registers were missing. The cashier informed me that...
  • GM chief pushing for higher gas taxes. (Obama Motors Shafts Public)

    06/07/2011 8:23:45 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 68 replies
    The Detroit News ^ | 06-07-11 | David Shepardson
    Detroit — General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson wants the federal gas tax boosted as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars, and he's confident the government will soon shed its remaining 26 percent stake in the once-bankrupt automaker. "I actually think the government will be out this year — within the next 12 months, hopefully within the next six months," Akerson said in a two-hour interview with The Detroit News last week. He is grateful for the government's rescue of GM — "I have nothing but good things to say about them" — but...
  • Michelle Obama: “Let’s Lie” and Other Smart Parenting Techniques from the Left (Sunstein)

    02/14/2011 5:44:35 PM PST · by callisto · 16 replies
    Liz Blaine ^ | February 14, 2011 | Liz Blaine
    Progressives using deceit and misinformation to manipulate people to achieve their intended goal is not new. ItÂ’s standard operating procedure. With the election of Barack Obama came the most radical administration in the history of the United States bringing lies, threats, and backroom deals to the forefront of American politics. 60's radicals seized their opportunity to enact their leftist agenda, attacking any opponent who dared to speak out against their plans. But the American people held strong to their convictions and the left was forced to move toward soft tyranny, the slow nudge of leftist ideology insinuating itself into our...
  • Thomas Edison, You're Under Arrest

    09/10/2010 5:59:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 10, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Eco-Extremism: A light bulb factory closes in Virginia as mandated fluorescents are made in China. It's now a crime to make or ship for sale 75-watt incandescent bulbs in the European Union. Welcome to green hell. Thomas Alva Edison was a genius credited with the invention of many things — the phonograph, the motion picture, the incandescent light bulb, global warming. That last credit was given by those who rank light bulbs right up there with the internal combustion engine as ravagers of the planet. The General Electric light bulb factory in Winchester, Va., closed this month, a victim, along...
  • Obama’s Regulatory Czar Demystified for ‘Homer Simpson’ America

    09/14/2010 6:13:29 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 13th | Pam Key
    The Nanny State is Underrated by ‘Homer Simpson’ Americans Sunstein is Not a Socialist He Just Wants Gov to Control How Much You Can Buy Sunstein Wants Superpower President, Just Go Around that Pesky Constitution
  • Immigration bill backers try again despite jobless rate

    12/15/2009 6:17:55 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies · 1,491+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/15/2009 | Stephan Dinan
    Democrats on Tuesday begin their new push for an immigration bill, hamstrung by the image of legalizing millions of illegal immigrant workers at a time when the unemployment rate stands at 10 percent -- more than twice what it was the last time Congress tried to act. "It certainly will confuse the debate a lot more, but at the end of the day what we have to understand is fixing this system will be good for American workers," said Eliseo Medina, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, which is one of the major advocates for legalizing illegal...
  • How to Commit Marriage

    05/13/2008 10:35:21 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 61 replies · 91+ views
    Campus Report ^ | May 13, 2008 | Malcolm Kline
    How to Commit Marriage by: Malcolm A. Kline, May 13, 2008 A couple of professors from the University of Chicago think they have found a way out of what they see as a national impasse over state marriage laws. “To respect the liberty of religious groups while protecting individual freedom in general, we propose that marriage, as such, should be completely privatized,” Richard A. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein write in Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness. “Under our proposal, the word marriage would no longer appear in any laws, and marriage licenses would no longer be offered...
  • Sunlight's Gentle Nudge On Asteroids Detected

    12/05/2003 8:40:15 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 227+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-4-2003 | Eugenie Samuel Reich
    Sunlight's gentle nudge on asteroids detected 19:00 04 December 03 NewScientist.com news service Astronomers have detected the delicate force of sunlight on an asteroid's orbit for the first time. The long-predicted effect has been blamed for propelling some asteroid fragments from the Solar System's main asteroid belt into the region near Earth, where they can threaten the planet. But its subtle action on asteroid orbits has been difficult to measure with optical telescopes. Instead, Steve Chesley, Steve Ostro and colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, used the radar range finder at Arecibo in Puerto Rico. They used...