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Fri Aug 23, 2013, 06:36 PM

 

On the bright side, I'm so well informed from reading DU

I'm sometimes shocked by how little some people know about issues that we who post to DU take for granted. A half hour of CNN does not an informed person make.

More than once I've had everyone at the table look at me for the answer to a question.

Also, a shout out to the mind boggling knowledge of the posters here. When a thread veers into the technical... whoosh... it's all I can do to comprehend what I'm reading.

So thank you DU for constantly educating me.

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Reply On the bright side, I'm so well informed from reading DU (Original post)
East Coast Pirate Aug 2013 OP
Cooley Hurd Aug 2013 #1
TxDemChem Aug 2013 #15
winter is coming Aug 2013 #2
East Coast Pirate Aug 2013 #3
winter is coming Aug 2013 #4
East Coast Pirate Aug 2013 #5
jimlup Aug 2013 #37
Supersedeas Aug 2013 #39
winter is coming Aug 2013 #40
eridani Aug 2013 #6
underpants Aug 2013 #9
arcane1 Aug 2013 #20
Cooley Hurd Aug 2013 #24
East Coast Pirate Aug 2013 #12
marble falls Aug 2013 #7
LineLineReply !
Warren Stupidity Aug 2013 #16
Doctor_J Aug 2013 #41
Mr.Bill Aug 2013 #8
arcane1 Aug 2013 #21
KamaAina Aug 2013 #10
Fumesucker Aug 2013 #17
Curmudgeoness Aug 2013 #11
lpbk2713 Aug 2013 #13
Snarkoleptic Aug 2013 #14
tblue Aug 2013 #18
Fearless Aug 2013 #19
malaise Aug 2013 #22
mountain grammy Aug 2013 #23
DainBramaged Aug 2013 #25
East Coast Pirate Aug 2013 #27
DainBramaged Aug 2013 #28
East Coast Pirate Aug 2013 #29
peasant one Aug 2013 #26
Bunnahabhain Aug 2013 #30
East Coast Pirate Aug 2013 #31
Bunnahabhain Aug 2013 #32
East Coast Pirate Aug 2013 #33
Ghost Dog Aug 2013 #34
steve2470 Aug 2013 #35
reusrename Aug 2013 #36
silverweb Aug 2013 #38

Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 06:41 PM

1. My PIQ (Political Information Quotient) went up exponentially after joining DU.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:28 PM

15. Mine too!

And so did my BS meter. My husband has actually increased both as well, even though he has not yet joined. Working with birthers and conspiracy theorists, we have to be on our toes at all times.

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 06:54 PM

2. CNN has reached the point where I think it's deliberately designed to make you think you've

been informed, while providing as little useful information as possible.

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Response to winter is coming (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:03 PM

3. That's exactly what it is.

 

You get as much information watching 2 1/2 Men.

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:06 PM

4. And more from the first ten minutes of The Daily Show. n/t

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Response to winter is coming (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:08 PM

5. Much more from the Daily Show at times.

 

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Response to winter is coming (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 03:40 PM

37. and they seem to be behind the curve even on most breaking news /nt

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Response to winter is coming (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 05:48 PM

39. CNN is not alone in this vein

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Response to Supersedeas (Reply #39)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 05:52 PM

40. True enough. n/t

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:22 PM

6. The sum total of wonky expertise here is truly amazing

The best feature by far. You need to know which heritage tomatoes would do best in your climate, a translation from Middle English or Japanese, where to go to find info on the insurance exchanges, and just about anything else, you'll find it here.

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Response to eridani (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:36 PM

9. I can't quantify or express the amount of education DU has offered me over the last 12 years

Really? 12 years?

The pre-War on Iraq information was not both mind opening and, sadly , completely spot on accurate.

I made a comment about "the McDonald's coffee lady" and was quickly and completely corrected. This was several years before the "Hot Coffee" documentary. As the OP stated the level of technical information on that one thread was dumbfounding.

The movies "W" and Michael Moore's "Sicko" had nothing that I was not already aware of.

The best comparison I can offer is my lucky access to alternative music in the 80's while everyone else was listening to hairbands and shiny music. I knew the others would dissolve away and they did.

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Response to underpants (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:42 PM

20. Agreed 100%, except it's 11 years for me

Not only do I never encounter a news item that I haven't already seen here, but I've never encountered a right-wing talking point that wasn't already debunked here.

DU rocks! And so do DUers!

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Response to underpants (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 09:18 PM

24. 11 for me, man!

Which reminds me... you HAVE to introduce the newer DUers to your marqueed, Cranky Underpants signature gif!

Here's a classic gif of mine (gotta be a decade since I used it):


On edit: It was soo much bigger in 1024x768 (2003 standard resolution).

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Response to eridani (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:13 PM

12. Not to mention computers. law and science.

 

Did I mention math? That too.

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:31 PM

7. DU is like Utne only with pitchforks and torches.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:29 PM

16. !

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Response to marble falls (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 06:02 PM

41. DUZY

True and hilarious

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:35 PM

8. Yes, the OP is correct.

If you want to see how poorly informed the Fox News crowd is, just try to convince one of them that the federal budget deficit has gone down in the last few years. They quickly resort to the "cooking the books" argument, because they have no facts to bring to the discussion.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:48 PM

21. Just like when you explain that under Bush, the cost of the wars wasn't included in the budget

It's so far beyond their awareness that it just *must* be a librul lie

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:39 PM

10. Quite often I run across an item in the M$M

and think "Hmmm. That sounds familiar."

Then it hits me. "Oh. I read that on DU six weeks ago!"

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #10)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:30 PM

17. Or months..

Or years, sadly sometimes.




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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:13 PM

11. Couldn't agree more. If only I could retain 1/10 of it.

There is so much information here, that I just cannot remember it all when the time comes to use it. But knowing 1/10 of what I see here is more than most others know. Amazing people here.

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:19 PM

13. Stay thirsty my friend.







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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:27 PM

14. I recommend adding a side-car of the Thom Hartmann show as well.

He's a strong progressive voice with an encyclopedic knowledge of history, politics and policy.

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:37 PM

18. I know! And generally very well-written posts too.

Very few typos too. Lots of smart people here. And if you want the latest news, this group doesn't miss a thing!

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Response to tblue (Reply #18)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:40 PM

19. +1

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:51 PM

22. +1,000

DU is light years ahead of M$Greedia

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 09:12 PM

23. I'm here for a couple of hours every day and agree, Pirate.

I'm amazed at the depth of information I find. For a long time, I never posted anything. It's a bit intimidating, but now I keep jumping in because my husband gets tired of hearing me rant and I've got to get stuff off my chest sometimes..

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 09:32 PM

25. Wait till you need to know about cats and dogs.....

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #25)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 09:55 PM

27. I avoid all dog threads.

 

Nothing good can come from them.

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Reply #27)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:12 PM

28. Disappointing, you should visit the pets forum

instead of blanket dissing us

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #28)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:26 PM

29. I was joking about pitbull and leash threads on other forums.

 

I love all animals. Will visit the DU Pets forum.

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 09:48 PM

26. Thanks from me as well.

I rarely post but I have been on DU at least ten years. I am amazed when I talk with others who don't read DU--they are always less informed. I love the arguments here and have really learned from people--not only on political but social issues as well. I feel I am a much more empathetic person and I have even changed my opinion a time or two.


My sanity was saved when I found this place. Thanks to all

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:32 PM

30. Good for you!

 

Can you tell me how you distinguish the wheat from the chaff here though? I mean every time I correct a hugely blatant error here I get roundly attacked.

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Response to Bunnahabhain (Reply #30)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:51 PM

31. You have to remember that it's just some guy sitting at his keyboard

 

who was in the mood to rant about something. I just make a flippant remark back and move on.

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Reply #31)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 11:00 PM

32. Probably good advice

 

But I just have this thing about letting lies or misfacts stand unchallenged. I think we are all morally charged with not letting untruths stand unchallenged. Just my personal burden and I get that too.

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Response to Bunnahabhain (Reply #32)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 11:06 PM

33. Hey, that's what discussion forums are for.

 

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 11:42 AM

34. Agree.

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 11:44 AM

35. This place will educate you faster than any other site on the internet, except maybe Wiki

It's why I'm still here after 9 years and sending Skinner my money.

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 12:12 PM

36. There are some outstanding researchers here.

 

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 03:52 PM

38. Absolutely right!

I finally had the chance to get to know a new neighbor the other day -- a 20-something, very bright, educated young woman -- who had never heard of fracking.

I couldn't believe it at first, but jumped at the opportunity to introduce her to the subject (at which she was horrified). The more informed we are (thank you, DU!), the better we can help others understand the things going on that affect all of us.

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