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A Blog Essay About Sheeple [People who follow a leader like sheep] [part 1 of 2]

Many millions of Americans -- perhaps majorities -- now believe the following:

1. Obama is a socialist.

2. The economic collapse of 2008 was brought about by too much regulation.

3. The New Deal caused the Depression.

4. Hitler was a left-winger.

5. Stalin killed more people than Hitler did.

6. Joe McCarthy was right.

7. In 1970, most returning Vietnam veterans supported Nixon and detested the hippies who spat on them. They especially despised Jane Fonda.

8. Free trade helped America to prosper in the 19th century.

9. A great company like Toyota can grow only if a government follows strict laissez-faire policies.

10. Lower taxes on the rich increase government revenues.

11. A left-wing conspiracy controls the media.

12. Milton Friedman and the libertarian Chicago school economists improved the quality of life in Latin America.

These beliefs constitute the triumph of propaganda over lived experience.

Just a few days ago, I saw a video presentation in which a young professor (all tweed and polysyllables, and missing only the pipe) made the Stalin-outkilled-Hitler claim with calm, jackass self-confidence. The truth is here and in a lot of other places. In fact, on a per year basis, not only did Stalin (monster than he undoubtedly was) kill far fewer people than Hitler did -- he actually killed fewer people than George W. Bush did.

Mark my words: Within five years, the majority of Americans will believe some variant of the "media stab in the back" theory to explain Bush's failed war in Iraq.

Truthout has a good article up today about the propaganda techniques employed by Fox News.

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Frontier Alcoholism and the Male Identity

When Mattie first meets Rooster Cogburn near the beginning of True Grit, the Coen brothers' most recent creation, he is suffering the after(?)effects of a drinking episode, laying out on a cot behind a Chinese merchant's general store, evidence of booze and hangover reeking from him.

She is there to hire Rooster to assist her in avenging her father's murder, since she hears he has "true grit." But we are set up to think of Cogburn (especially in the unruly, chaotic environment in which 14-year-old Mattie finds herself) as a scoundrel, another unreliable frontier bum out for himself.

So, we are as surprised as Mattie is when she arrives at the store very early to set out on their quest, only to discover Cogburn has already packed and left with the third member in their party, LaBoeuf. Cogburn didn't take the money and go on a drunk. Nor did he forget - despite his tremulous condition when they made their deal - what he was about.

And so it goes. In the course of their journey, Cogburn uncovers a cache of store-bought whisky in a cabin. His eyes light up and he proceeds to drink the entire supply over the course of the next several days. Aside from neglecting his supervisory responsibilities with a teenager, Cogburn places himself in considerable peril by riding drunk over rugged terrain, in Indian country, pursuing men who we are ready to kill him on sight.

This life-endangering, uncontrolled drinking would seem to qualify Cogburn for both an AA and DSM diagnosis of having a substance-related disorder. Yet none of the reviews focuses on his drinking, because the film doesn't make him out as an alcoholic.

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This teevee series is an example of a modern approach to personality assessment:

Castle is a 1 hour witty drama based on a famous mystery novelist who helps the NYPD homicide department solve crimes.

Richard “Rick” Castle [Nathan Fillion] is a bestselling mystery author who was investigated by the New York City police department when the victim of a murder matched the description of a victim in one of his novels. At the time Castle was suffering writer’s block having just killed off the main character, Derrick Storm, in his successful series of novels. During the investigation Castle is inspired by his run-in with the beautiful Detective Kate Beckett [Stana Katic] and through his connections with the Mayor he gets permission to hang out as a consultant at the precinct to do research for his book.

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A hallucination, in broadest sense of the word, is a perception in the absence of a stimulus. In a stricter sense, hallucinations are defined as perceptions in a conscious and awake state in the absence of external stimuli which have qualities of real perception, in that they are vivid, substantial, and located in external objective space. The latter definition distinguishes hallucinations from the related phenomena of dreaming, which does not involve wakefulness; illusion, which involves distorted or misinterpreted real perception; imagery, which does not mimic real perception and is under voluntary control; and pseudohallucination, which does not mimic real perception, but is not under voluntary control. Hallucinations also differ from "delusional perceptions", in which a correctly sensed and interpreted genuine perception is given some additional (and typically bizarre) significance.

[This is an invitation for 'swingers' with collegiate education and degree status to introduce and discuss variations on the theme of personality assessment and its correlation with cultural association].

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