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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Losing political control makes one susceptible to suggestion...

Even as Democrats decry the false claims streaming regularly from the White House, they appear to have become more vulnerable to unsupported claims and conspiracy theories that flatter their own political prejudices. The reason isn’t just that a Republican now occupies the White House. Political psychology research suggests that losing political control can make people more vulnerable to misinformation and conspiracy theories.


Research suggests that people embrace conspiracy beliefs as a way to cope with perceived threats to control. In particular, Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent at the University of Miami have argued that conspiracy theory beliefs increase in response to group threats, including among losers of elections. These beliefs can help rally groups and coordinate action in response to a decline in status or power.


So "this" is what makes people believe it's a good idea to put on pink "pussy hats" and listen to Ashley "Nasty woman" Judd and Ma "I want to blow up the White House" donna give silly speeches about the Nazis, rapists, bigots, molesters, and Cheetos dust. I suppose this also makes one susceptible to believing that every little event is the next "Watergate". I suppose this is also the reason people dream up elaborate plans for how you could go about convincing Republicans (87% of which approve of Trump as President) to impeach one of their own in the name of prudence.

39 comments:

opie said...

Research suggests that people embrace conspiracy beliefs as a way to cope with perceived threats to control

Yep, just look around here.....LOL!!!

KD, CA Dam $250 Million Dollar Mis-Management said...

CHT, HyperBolic aka HB is not going to like you posting that picture of him.


New Button for the libs to order, it is all WHITE with nothing on it.

It shows you are against White Privilege.

opie said...

Yep Ch, only the left is crazy.....from an old article from the weekly standard......implicating your side has its fair share of idiots...

The degree of this normalization is stunning. The Republican nominee for president made comments Friday that one might expect from a patient in a mental institution, the kind of stuff you might read on blog with really small print and pictures of UFOs. And yet his remarks barely register as news. There are no condemnations from fellow Republicans. His supporters shrug them off as Trump being Trump.

To the extent Trump's latest outburst has generated any attention, it's been a discussion of the tactical mistake he's made. There's been head-shaking that he's gone "off-message," expressions of wonder at his lack of discipline, speculation about the electoral impact of his latest comments, disbelief about the timing of his comments and bewilderment at their target.

All of this misses the point. It's not about tactics or messaging. It's about something simpler and something much more important: Donald Trump is not of sound mind.

His amplification of the Cruz-Oswald conspiracies is part of a long pattern of embracing crazy. He hinted that Antonin Scalia was murdered. He's suggested autism is linked to vaccinations. He claimed "thousands" of Muslims celebrated in the streets of New Jersey after 9/11. He said many people consider Vince Foster's death a "murder" and called it "very fishy." And before he ran for president, his deepest foray into politics was a campaign to prove that Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States. (It failed.)

Trump has praised Alex Jones, whose radio program is to conspiracy theories what ESPN is to sports. Jones, a prominent 9/11 truther, claimed there was a "98 percent chance" that the 9/11 attacks were controlled bombings perpetrated by the U.S. government. In an appearance on Jones's radio show last year, Trump offered the host deferential praise. "Your reputation is amazing," Trump said. "I will not let you down."

http://www.weeklystandard.com/donald-trump-is-crazy-and-so-is-the-gop-for-embracing-him/article/2003466

Unlike CH....I provide a link to the source pages instead of quotes and look for it yourself.

opie said...

You do know why Boing picked SC for its 787 assembly line, don't you? Obviously not with your current group of inanity. LOL

opie said...

Just like I have said numerous times....those silly poor white folks in the midwest like to vote against their best interests. Seems to me, their support of R's will bite them in their stupid asses. Good, one vote, one idiot.

Working-class whites are the biggest beneficiaries of federal poverty-reduction programs, even though blacks and Hispanics have substantially higher rates of poverty, according to a new study to be released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Government assistance and tax credits lifted 6.2 million working-class whites out of poverty in 2014, more than any other racial or ethnic demographic. Half of all working-age adults without college degrees lifted out of poverty by safety-net programs are white; nearly a quarter are black and a fifth are Hispanic.

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The result does not simply reflect the fact that there are more white people in the country. The percentage of otherwise poor whites lifted from poverty by government safety-net programs is higher, at 44 percent, compared to 35 percent of otherwise poor minorities, the study concluded.

Among working-class minorities, blacks also benefit significantly from government programs, with 43 percent of otherwise poor blacks being lifted from poverty by the safety net. Only 28 percent of otherwise poor Hispanics were lifted from poverty by these programs.

“There is a perception out there that the safety net is only for minorities. While it’s very important to minorities because they have higher poverty rates and face barriers that lead to lower earnings, it’s also quite important to whites, particularly the white working class,” said Isaac Shapiro, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and one of the report’s authors.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/16/the-biggest-beneficiaries-of-the-government-safety-net-working-class-whites/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_wb-beneficiaries-810a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.1aac9272e3b2

opie said...

And in Ga, the R's keep masturbating their rich base with tax breaks like this.....Absolutely brilliant!!!!Days remaining in the 2017 Legislative session: 22


Both chambers start today at 10 a.m. In the House, seven bills are up for a vote, including House Bill 125, which provides tax credits for repairs of more than $500,000 done to mega yachts.

From today's AJC......

C.H. Truth said...

So someone who has become a multi-billionaire, is married to a super model, became a reality television star, and then went on to become President of the United States.

Should not be taken seriously... because the Party completely shut out of power thinks "he is crazy".

Moreover, the out of power Party simply can't understand why actual politicians in the Governing Party will not agree with them and put him in the funny farm. They most certainly see some sort of conspiracy at the concept that nearly 90% of self-identified Republicans approve of the job he is doing as President.

Apparently nearly half of the country must be "crazy"...


(thanks for proving the point, Opie!)

opie said...

Apparently nearly half of the country must be "crazy"...

That,stupid, or blind, like you.

TRUMP JUST CLAIMED HE SAVED THE F-35!!!!!! Sure.

caliphate4vr said...

Fatty are the 2 donk cosponsers of HB 125 masturbating their Repub base?

Idiot

Commonsense said...

You do know why Boing picked SC for its 787 assembly line, don't you?

Because Starbucks doesn't charge as much for coffee?

Commonsense said...

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-five percent (45%) disapprove.

Impeachment? Not likely.

C.H. Truth said...

Yes Opie...

The stupid people are the ones fully in charge of everything. The smart ones are the ones forced to follow behind, protest, wear pussy hats, garner therapy, and pretty much listen to Hollywood celebrities complain.

Oh, how I long to be smart like you!

opie said...

es Opie...

The stupid people are the ones fully in charge of everything.

Yes, and stupid comments like that keep loretta and rat sated.....LOL brilliant, especially for someone as smart as you think you are, , CH.

opie said...

Because Starbucks doesn't charge as much for coffee?

Great post densa boy. LOL

Loretta Russo said...

Get lost crack head.

Loretta Russo said...

"Oh, how I long to be smart like you!"

You'll have to smoke some crack if you want to be smart like him....

Loretta Russo said...

LOL

opie said...

You'll have to smoke some crack if you want to be smart like him....

Impressive Loretta.....such a brave brave who is exactly the supporter trump wants....easily swayed....you and CH are a dynamic duo of duplicity!!! LOL

That news conference was a joke......

KD, Union Soundly Rejected said...

Anonymous opie said...
You do know why Boing picked SC for its 787 assembly line, don't you? Obviously not with your current group of inanity. LOL.


I really enjoyed that the WORKERS voted , freely and rejected 74% unions , remember, winning matters.

KD, Winning Biggly said...

Trump's Approval moves up to 55 %.


KD said...

We do know that President Trump is going to buy each F-35 for $100,000 less then Hillary/Obama was paying for them.


Nice job, using The Art of the Deal for we the PEOPLE.


HyperBolic how goes the Dam and the begging Trump for money to bail out your Gov?

KD, All this Winning is so cool said...

SC has a very high skilled work force and Boeing Tapped into that work force.

Good for that STATE, good for those Workers and Good for Boeing.

Win, win and WIN.

KD said...

Correction.


"After weeks of pressure from President Trump, Lockheed Martin agreed on Friday to a somewhat larger price cut on its F-35 fighters than it had on the last few orders, and finally brought the cost of the main version below $100 million for each jet."


Winning Biggly .

opie said...

Anonymous KD said...
After weeks of pressure from President Trump

You like CH have no idea how gvmt contracting is done.....He had nothing to do with the decrease, that contract was already in place with options which are negotiated based on labor learning curves for that lot size and all previous lots,plus continued improvements in manufacturing and a base line that is better known. Just the additional units will result in a 10=15% labor decrease alone. Go serve a goat.

He won bupkis. Idiot.



BTW lie of the day.....largest electoral college win since reagan. Pure bull, but you eat it like loretta's marine kisses her ass.

opie said...

Servicing wayne leperier again. Can't get out of their own way, but retards and schizo's can buy a gun. Brilliant.

For all their dysfunction, the Republican Senate and House have managed to act with lightning speed in striking down a sensible Obama administration rule designed to stop people with severe mental problems from buying guns.

President Trump, who championed the National Rifle Association agenda as a candidate, is expected to sign the regressive measure. This, despite the Republican mantra that tighter control of mentally troubled individuals — not stronger gun control — is the better way to deal with the mass shootings and gun carnage that regularly afflict the nation.

The Senate voted Wednesday to join the House in revoking the rule. It would have required the Social Security Administration to add about 75,000 people, currently on disability support, to the national background check database and deny them gun purchases. These individuals suffer schizophrenia, psychotic disorders and other problems to such an extent that they are unable to manage their financial affairs and other basic tasks without help.

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Loretta Russo said...

Awe, the crack head is still jealous of my Marine.

Loretta Russo said...

Spam by the crack head.

Commonsense said...

The ACLU file an amicus brief supporting rights of "retards" and "schizos" to keep and bear arms.

Had something to so with "due process".

Oops.

opie said...

Had something to so with "due process".

So what.......LOL

Loretta Russo said...
Awe, the crack head is still jealous of my Marine.

February 16, 2017 at 3:19 PM
Blogger Loretta Russo said...
Spam by the crack head.

Right, I'm jealous of a jar head married to a deranged indian. BWAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

opie said...

As early as 1945, the ACLU had taken a stand to protect the rights of the mentally ill, when it drafted a model statute governing mental commitments.[257] In the 1960s, the ACLU opposed involuntary commitments,

Something the ACLU has done for years, densa....And now you like the ACLU.....hypocrite thy name is McPee.

rrb said...

It would have required the Social Security Administration to add about 75,000 people, currently on disability support, to the national background check database and deny them gun purchases. These individuals suffer schizophrenia, psychotic disorders and other problems to such an extent that they are unable to manage their financial affairs and other basic tasks without help.
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not true at all.

the law supposedly designed to keep schizos and crazies from buying guns is being totally misrepresented by the left.

what 0linsky's gun law did was prohibit those receiving SDDI payments via a representative payee from purchasing a gun.

is was assumed, incorrectly, that if a person required a rep payee they must be unable to responsibly purchase and own a gun.

openly discriminatory and clearly in violation of due process.

it was a shitty and cynical gun control measure. nothing more, nothing less.

Commonsense said...

BTW doesn't anybody else find it ironic that the intelligence community withheld intelligence from the Trump administration fearing a leak of sources and methods while leaking intelligence with sources and methods to the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Didn't you think the Russian ambassador to the United States found it useful to know his secure cell phone was compromised?

opie said...

BTW doesn't anybody else find it ironic that the intelligence

Idiot......fake news story from the WSJ.......LOL

opie said...

found it useful to know his secure cell phone was compromised?

All those calls to the amebass. are monitored.....Flynn didn't know it.....

PNC said...

So if conspiracism is the result of loss of political control... why are Trumptards still engaging in rampant conspiracy theorizing?

The Democrats snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and can't get over the feeling that they were robbed. At least you can attribute their irrationality to something. What's YOUR excuse?

Roger Amick said...

If I wasn't an alcoholic, after watching the press conference today I would listen to? John "Bluto" Blutarsky: My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.

Indy Voter said...

So far I've seen nothing to suggest he's not going to be the disaster I feared he would be.

Commonsense said...

Did you ever see a president play the media like this one does?

He certainly knows how to gen up his support.

opie said...

Commonsense said...
Did you ever see a president play the media like this one does?

No POTUS ever tried to emulate PT Barnum.......