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TOPIC: Florida Man charged with threatening Obama and local sheriffs department
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I think it was always rather incomprehensible; it's only recently that so many people attempted to become polymaths.

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What's happened in my 40+ years of observation is that it's now a much more refined art/science. The snake oil is often just an idea; or the idea may exist to sell a product. Either way, you take 2 or more unrelated facts (or what sound like facts) and interject -- "Coincidence? I don't think so!"

Reverse psychology: If you don't buy my snake oil or conspiracy theory, you are just another gullible dupe!

So now, because mainstream media (MSM) sometimes miss a fact or get one wrong, people are told it's all wrong. The alternative: wacko web sites.

You too can be an expert in international relations, high finance, and government plots!

Because the world has become such an incomprehensible place, people really are looking harder to make it something simpler. And this amounts to an infinite marketplace of bad ideas.

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While I like the quote, I'm not so sure I agree with the conclusion you draw. The internet of course is a double-edged sword, allowing instant access to "information". Of course that information is often downright wrong, particularly for people who don't know how to find things, so it dissemenates bad information as readily as good.

However, think about how gullible people used to be. People would huck their snake oil all over the place. Dr. Bozo would roll into town and sell his magic cure-all, and people would do anything to get their hands on it. For decades this rolled on, and no matter how much everything was snake oil, people kept falling for it.

Of course, we still have snake oil salesmen, and people still swear by the snake oil. But stupid, gullible and simple people are hardly a new phenomenon.

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It was still the 1800's when Mark Twain wrote, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."

The truth isn't usually as interesting. Crazy assertions always grab attention. Because sensationalism always gets the headlines, people who are bored and desperate for reassurance will often accept crap as the real deal.

So yeah, the internet brings the zanies to the forefront. But it and other media encourage zany thinking. Logic gets inverted, and without a foundation in real knowledge, the gullible are deceived.

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"I disagree that there are more mentally unbalanced people than before. I think the internet just makes it very easy for them to quickly reach a large audience. "

Absolutely. I never knew how many idiots the world had until youtube gave me the ability to see them in action.

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I disagree that there are more mentally unbalanced people than before. I think the internet just makes it very easy for them to quickly reach a large audience.

These half way lunatics rambling on their youtube videos would barely be known to anyone other than their immediate circle of family and friends prior to the internet. The loonies have always been there. Now they have a way to mass-distribute their bizarre selves.

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I'd say America has gotten to the point where so many people are mentally unbalanced, that there aren't enough places to put them all or people to watch over them, to keep them away from guns.

Until the black market price of guns goes way up, there will continue to be easy access to guns, for criminals and insane people as well as everyone else.

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He's innocent until proven guilty, and another insane citizen who belongs in a special place where no guns, ammo, or other weapons of mass murder can be found.

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2. Post on Facebook that you blew up your ex's mailbox with a pipe bomb.

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How to get arrested:

1. Send a long, expletive-filled email message to sheriff's deputies threatening to kill Obama.

2. ?????

3. Make profit.

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