Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Brainwashing the Nation, According to Scott Adams

As H. Allen Smith used to say, good goddle mighty! The networks have seized on the truly important issues at stake in this election — exactly what Trump said in a locker room about sex a few decades ago. Never mind all the Hillary scandals. It's not fair to hit girls, evidently. But more important than the scandals are the policies, and I don't think we've had such diametrically opposed policies since Goldwater versus Johnson. Actually, since both Goldwater and Johnson explicitly wanted the country to hold together, more or less, and Trump and Hillary disagree on that, with Hillary being an advocate of the country falling apart, I'd say maybe the policies are the most diametrically opposed since 1860. And you know what that resulted in.

Their policy differences: Trump wants Obamacare repealed, Hillary wants more of the same. Trump wants a sane immigration policy, Hillary wants open borders, especially for the Third World. Trump wants to work with Russia to solve the ISIS problem, Hillary wants war with Russia (See previous post). Trump is supportive of cops and law enforcement in general, Hillary seems to hate cops and law enforcement, just like Obama does. Trump thinks the government should negotiate trade deals that benefit America in general and American workers in particular, Hillary likes trade deals that favor Wall Street and her donors. Trump calls race riots "race riots," Hillary calls them "protests" and thinks White people are guilty of causing them. Trump wants to drain the damn swamp, Hillary wants to wallow around in it.

Have you fallen for the "Trump is a racist, sexist, etc. monster" refrain? Remember that they said all the same things about Mitt Romney, even if with somewhat less vehemence? They say that about all Republicans, and certainly all Republican presidential nominees, because that's what Democrats do. Their policies and performance are impossible to defend, so they use their energy smearing Republicans instead.

Somebody who hasn't fallen for that refrain is Scott Adams, who does the comic strip "Dilbert."
This is from Scott's blog here [link]:

I Wake You Up for the Presidential Debate

Here’s a little thought experiment for you:
If a friend said he could see a pink elephant in the room, standing right in front of you, but you don’t see it, which one of you is hallucinating?
Answer: The one who sees the pink elephant is hallucinating.
Let’s try another one.
If a friend tells you that you were both abducted by aliens last night but for some reason only he remembers it, which one of you hallucinated?
Answer: The one who saw the aliens is hallucinating.
Now let’s add some participants and try another one.
If a crowd of people are pointing to a stain on the wall, and telling you it is talking to them, with a message from God, and you don’t see anything but a stain, who is hallucinating? Is it the majority who see the stain talking or the one person who does not?
Answer: The people who see the stain talking are experiencing a group hallucination, which is more common than you think.
In nearly every scenario you can imagine, the person experiencing an unlikely addition to their reality is the one hallucinating. If all observers see the same addition to their reality, it might be real. But if even one participant can’t see the phenomenon – no matter how many can – it is almost certainly not real. 
Read the rest here, where Scott relates all this to the election:
http://blog.dilbert.com/post/152024526021/i-wake-you-up-for-the-presidential-debate
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Quibcag: The brainwashed girls are from Hayate the Combat Butler (ハヤテのごとく! Hayate no Gotoku!).

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