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    In reference to these two posts in the MAGA thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
    This quote from the WaPo editorial is the type of stuff that pisses me off:

    The executive order was signed on Friday afternoon. The WaPo writes an article the VERY NEXT DAY asking why hasn't the church provided an immediate response. W.T.H?

    The church PR department then releases a very simple statement and now people on Facebook are freaking out because it wasn't strong enough. Umm, it's likely that the FP and Q12 met in their regular Thursday temple meeting and then dispersed to various assignments by Friday morning. The expectation that church leadership should be responding publicly as part of the 24-hour news cycle is beyond irrational.
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    Unlike many of these SJWs that populate my social media feeds with outrage porn, the Church has actually walked the walk wrt providing assistance to refugees. When an organization donates $5m here and $5m there, pretty soon it starts to add up to some real money. To say nothing of the "I Was A Stranger" program that is being implemented locally at the Stake level. Meanwhile, the snowflakes sign on-line petitions and stew in their petty indignation. Drives me nuts too.
    This is a perfect example of my biggest pet peeve with social media: people falling over themselves trying to show off how outraged they are. And by golly, if you are not equally outraged, there is something wrong with you. The format of FB (carefully controlled friend lists) ensures that posting some outrage porn generally guarantees a raucous round of agreement from your personal echo chamber. It is also a staple of the comment section of any news outlet. This phenomenon leads to lives and careers ruined by online shaming. I think it also lies at the core of our current obsession with police brutality. And to a certain degree, it fuels the political divide that led to the election of Trump.

    Michael Austin posted an interesting essay on the phenomenon recently in By Common Consent:

    https://bycommonconsent.com/2016/12/...cheap-outrage/

    It’s called “outrage porn” for a good reason. Like pornography, it provides all of the sensations of a strong emotion without incurring any of the costs (time, relationship building, risk of rejection). It briefly satisfies our need to experience sensation but does not lead to meaningful engagement with anything. It is risk free, and, ultimately, it is an addiction that works against real human interaction.

    And I do it. All the time. When I come across something stupid that Ann Coulter said, I forward it to my Facebook feed so that all of my friends can laugh at what stupid things conservatives believe. When I find an obscure news story about the Republican county clerk of some Southern village with 25 people and one Quick Trip, who says that Hillary Clinton is actually an alien impostor from the planet Exxar 4, I’m all over it. “New Republican Foreign Policy,” I announce, as I hit the “share” button. Mission accomplished. Outrage felt.

    And this is how 300,000,000 people have managed to construct two mutually exclusive, epistemically self-contained echo chambers that are incapable of interacting with each other except through pointless insults in comment sections. And we are broken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    In reference to these two posts in the MAGA thread:





    This is a perfect example of my biggest pet peeve with social media: people falling over themselves trying to show off how outraged they are. And by golly, if you are not equally outraged, there is something wrong with you. The format of FB (carefully controlled friend lists) ensures that posting some outrage porn generally guarantees a raucous round of agreement from your personal echo chamber. It is also a staple of the comment section of any news outlet. This phenomenon leads to lives and careers ruined by online shaming. I think it also lies at the core of our current obsession with police brutality. And to a certain degree, it fuels the political divide that lead to the election of Trump.

    Michael Austin posted an interesting essay on the phenomenon recently in By Common Consent:

    https://bycommonconsent.com/2016/12/...cheap-outrage/
    What the hell does Michael Austin have against QuikTrips??? They are awesome! At least spell it right.

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    I have a good mix of conservative and liberal friends on Facebook. It's been interesting to watch my liberal friends respond to Trump. It's nearly identical to how my conservative friends responded the last eight years. I remember my liberal friends saying that the conservatives were fear-mongering. Just this morning one of my conservative friends said that the media is fear-mongering.

    These people are two sides of the same coin. Many are so far out there that if the political spectrum were a ring, they'd be touching.

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    The Donald lives in the head of a good portion of my Facebook friends.

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    I am pretty close to ignoring a couple of friends on Facebook, who share multiple outrage porn memes everyday. The only reason I haven't ignored one yet is because he has interesting pets and I like the pictures he posts of them. But he better start posting more pics soon!

    I am hoping that the saving grace of current american politics is that the majority of those 300 million people aren't addicted to outrage porn. Maybe the hysterics will subside, and the refractory period of outrage porn will be too long for many to get any continual benefit from it. Please let this be so.

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    I agree the outrage is out of control. But I enjoy reading FB (I almost never post) for the entertainment value.
    PLesa excuse the tpyos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    I have a good mix of conservative and liberal friends on Facebook. It's been interesting to watch my liberal friends respond to Trump. It's nearly identical to how my conservative friends responded the last eight years. I remember my liberal friends saying that the conservatives were fear-mongering. Just this morning one of my conservative friends said that the media is fear-mongering.

    These people are two sides of the same coin. Many are so far out there that if the political spectrum were a ring, they'd be touching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    The Donald lives in the head of a good portion of my Facebook friends.
    Rent free?
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    So is CS now some kind of porn site?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Rent free?
    I left out that part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myboynoah View Post
    So is CS now some kind of porn site?
    Yeah, why do think all the corporate firewalls started blocking it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    The Donald lives in the head of a good portion of my Facebook friends.
    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Rent free?
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    I left out that part.
    Seems like he's living in their heads and collecting rent. Quite the real estate mogul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    I have a good mix of conservative and liberal friends on Facebook. It's been interesting to watch my liberal friends respond to Trump. It's nearly identical to how my conservative friends responded the last eight years. I remember my liberal friends saying that the conservatives were fear-mongering. Just this morning one of my conservative friends said that the media is fear-mongering.

    These people are two sides of the same coin. Many are so far out there that if the political spectrum were a ring, they'd be touching.
    The two-party political system has failed. The only thing that matters to so many is fighting the other side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueK View Post
    The two-party political system has failed.
    Yes, time for a third party... of course, the system is rigged to only allow two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    In reference to these two posts in the MAGA thread:





    This is a perfect example of my biggest pet peeve with social media: people falling over themselves trying to show off how outraged they are. And by golly, if you are not equally outraged, there is something wrong with you. The format of FB (carefully controlled friend lists) ensures that posting some outrage porn generally guarantees a raucous round of agreement from your personal echo chamber. It is also a staple of the comment section of any news outlet. This phenomenon leads to lives and careers ruined by online shaming. I think it also lies at the core of our current obsession with police brutality. And to a certain degree, it fuels the political divide that lead to the election of Trump.

    Michael Austin posted an interesting essay on the phenomenon recently in By Common Consent:

    https://bycommonconsent.com/2016/12/...cheap-outrage/
    As you pointed out, it's not enough to simply disagree with an action or policy. Nay, one must be outraged!

    And if you are not outraged at the same things that outrage me then you are clearly un-American, un-Christian, an apologist for evil, and an enemy to all that is just and virtuous and good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueK View Post
    The two-party political system has failed. The only thing that matters to so many is fighting the other side.
    It seems so nasty now I don't know how they will ever get anything meaningful done. McConell was such an idiot declaring his aim was to make Pres. Obama a 1 term President. Folks like Hannity and Rush hammering him on anything he did. Now we shift 180 degrees the other way. The extremists on each side would rather have the country fail than succeed it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueK View Post
    The two-party political system has failed. The only thing that matters to so many is fighting the other side.
    I'm doing my part. I'm a registered Libertarian.

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    I know CNN likes to uote the polls. For instance Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating of any new President. I am not surprised. I went to their site to see if they have a poll of the American people on how they feel about this temporary ban and indefinite one on Syria. They don't have one.

    They did have a article on President Obama's opinion if anyone would like to read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    I know CNN likes to uote the polls. For instance Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating of any new President. I am not surprised. I went to their site to see if they have a poll of the American people on how they feel about this temporary ban and indefinite one on Syria. They don't have one.

    They did have a article on President Obama's opinion if anyone would like to read it.
    That's cool, but what does it have to do with the thread topic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    That's cool, but what does it have to do with the thread topic?
    SORRY I really hate f'en up this perfect site. Is there anywhere I can go and read the rules?

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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    SORRY I really hate f'en up this perfect site. Is there anywhere I can go and read the rules?
    Geez. Relax. Was curious if you posted here accidentally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Geez. Relax. Was curious if you posted here accidentally.
    I am relaxed. This is about the tenth or maybe more I have been shown I was posting in the wrong place. I notice I am not picked on in this regard as others have been asked the same thing. If I wasn't relaxed I would have lashed out instead of asking where I can get help.

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    I think we have elected the world's greatest Internet troll as president. Going to be an interesting 4 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    I know CNN likes to uote the polls. For instance Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating of any new President. I am not surprised. I went to their site to see if they have a poll of the American people on how they feel about this temporary ban and indefinite one on Syria. They don't have one.

    They did have a article on President Obama's opinion if anyone would like to read it.
    Let me just take a second to state that... THAT IS THE MOST FUCKING OUTRAGEOUS THING I HAVE EVER SEEN! THAT IS COMPLETE FUCKING BULLSHIT. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!! I WILL SHARE THIS WITH ALL MY FRIENDS!!

    #liberalbias #obamawillnotdivideus #whitegenocide #boycottstarbucks #maga
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueK View Post
    The two-party political system has failed. The only thing that matters to so many is fighting the other side.
    It's like everyone is MPFunk talking about Lebron James.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    Let me just take a second to state that... THAT IS THE MOST FUCKING OUTRAGEOUS THING I HAVE EVER SEEN! THAT IS COMPLETE FUCKING BULLSHIT. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!! I WILL SHARE THIS WITH ALL MY FRIENDS!!

    #liberalbias #obamawillnotdivideus #whitegenocide #boycottstarbucks #maga

    Cool. I also need to look up who Walter Sobchak is. Everytime I see that name and the hair, I automatically think Walter Shitlick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    Let me just take a second to state that... THAT IS THE MOST FUCKING OUTRAGEOUS THING I HAVE EVER SEEN! THAT IS COMPLETE FUCKING BULLSHIT. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!! I WILL SHARE THIS WITH ALL MY FRIENDS!!

    #liberalbias #obamawillnotdivideus #whitegenocide #boycottstarbucks #maga
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    C'mon, it really wasn't that good.



    Where did your old buddy ole-gregg go. I miss him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    I know CNN likes to uote the polls. For instance Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating of any new President. I am not surprised. I went to their site to see if they have a poll of the American people on how they feel about this temporary ban and indefinite one on Syria. They don't have one.

    They did have a article on President Obama's opinion if anyone would like to read it.
    57% in favor of it... 33% think it sucks balls:

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/publ...rrorist_havens

    Of course, polls like this also said that Hillary had the election in the bag so take it for what it is worth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueK View Post
    The two-party political system has failed. The only thing that matters to so many is fighting the other side.
    So true. It's a vicious cycle.

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