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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:07 AM
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I saw a great bumpersticker last week, which is worth repeating today.
It said:

"Don't believe everything you think."

When I first saw the bumpersticker my reaction was something like, That makes no sense at all. But after I thought about it for a moment it clicked.

By now you've all heard the story of the alleged foiled British terror plot. And, like clockwork, some people here on DU are already pushing totally baseless speculation about who may have been responsible, or why this happened now.

This post is to remind everyone that just because you can think of something does not mean it is true. Yes, skepticism is a virtue -- we should not blindly believe what the government or the media tell us. But skepticism also includes being skeptical of your own ideas.

I'm just sayin'...
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:09 AM
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1. Thanks for reminding us...
But there is also a total lack of trust and for good reason - that's the hardest part to overcome.
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Annces Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:12 AM
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2. so you think there is no link between yesterday's news and today's news
Hmmmm
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:12 AM
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3. oh shit now I'm really scared
I know you hear what you want to hear and you see what you want to see but
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:13 AM
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4. You're a smart man, Skinner
and I feel honored to have crossed your path, even from a distance.


You really should post more. You add so much to the conversation when you do.


Thanks again, for all you do to keep us going and thinking. :hi:
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:13 AM
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5. Its like clockwork
The massive denial of the fact that there are muslims hacked off enough at the US to retaliate boggles my mind.

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5X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:16 AM
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10. Lay that at bush's feet. If not for the clockwork precision...
of all of the terror threats...
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:36 PM
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39. Except that in this case...
...it appears to be muslims born in the UK being hacked off at the UK.
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:14 AM
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6. Damnit Skinner! You just spoiled all the fun!
;)
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Jersey Devil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:15 AM
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7. Well, we did the formula for fizzy drinks ironed out
Diet Coke & Mentos a deadly combination!
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:15 AM
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8. that's a good one Skinner
you mind can be your worst enemy
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patdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:16 AM
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9. Skinner, I think alot of this is just funnin..It's like we live in a comic
book world. When they use words like "mass murder on an unimaginable scale." it tends to make it look like they are trying to make us more AFRAID than INFORMED..so we just having some fun. I know it looks to the rest of the world like we DON'T believe ANYTHING, but more than disbelieving the plot, I think we are looking agog at the timing of the announcement, and the reaction by our 'Saviors' that is making us skeptical. (See Mitt Romney)
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:39 AM
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31. right
in a world where Truth is as elusive as Osama...all is disinformation til proven otherwise.
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:16 AM
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11. Harr!
I've gotta find that sticker! :evilgrin:

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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:17 AM
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12. Exactly..
... that's why one has to be careful with the term "flip-flopper".

If you never change your mind, maybe it's not working.
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gordianot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:18 AM
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13. The late Idi Amin said it best.
"Sometimes people mistake the way I talk for what I am thinking."
--Idi Amin
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:18 AM
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14. The Little Boy who Cried Wolf....
Maybe if this were only the 11th or 12th false alarm...
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:20 AM
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15. "All that we are is a result of what we have thought." Buddha
"Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination." Lily Tomlin

:rofl:


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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:55 AM
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25. Who said "you only exist because I occasionally think of you" ?
Thanks for Lily Tomlin early morning smile.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:01 PM
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33. Dunno... but Lily Tomlin is an underappreciated philosopher.
It must be her Detroit roots. :silly:
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:15 PM
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42. I saw her one woman show when it hit Seattle a few years ago.
Amazing, and the standing ovation would not stop. :P
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:21 AM
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16. Thanks, Skinner.
I'll keep that in mind today while reading the threads on DU....
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northernsoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:22 AM
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17. Amen, brother
I like my hasty conclusions supported by just a smidgen of empirical evidence.
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:26 AM
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18. Well Said
Myself, I like to wait until more information is available before giving any real reaction, first reports seem to never give enough information for me to reach any real conclusion. This may be real or it may be fake, I don't know enough yet to know.
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zippy890 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:26 AM
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19. thanks, good for perspective
was going to avoid DU today because of Tin Foil Hat-O-Rama posts
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:27 AM
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20. So I shouldn't call Congress right now?
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:29 AM
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21. kick (nt)
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:38 AM
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22. Thanks for the reminder
:D
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:49 AM
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23. Good one.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:53 AM
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24. LOL!
:D


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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:57 AM
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26. 2 years ago the common GD theme would be to claim BS on this
Today the common GD theme is to swallow the official story and put down the ones claiming BS.

What is happening here?
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:35 PM
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38. Why not wait until we get some information...
...before jumping to conclusions? That seems the most reasonable approach.
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sistersofmercy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:07 AM
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27. Yes, a very wise statement. n/t
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Iniquitous Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:17 AM
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28. I have no doubt there likely was a terrorist plot.
I think they're just running with it to increase their mantra of "FEAR, FEAR, FEAR- Follow our foreign policy and we'll protect you from the terrorists."

We're smart enough to not be persuaded to support their policies which do not work, but sadly, some people are that fearful and short-sided in our country. Because of that, I think we need to remain vigilant and ask the tough questions.
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:35 AM
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29. I can just see some freepturd ... "Think ... think ...
this means something ..."
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:37 AM
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30. Come on Skinner, Cheney said this stuff would happen if Lieberman lost
and he did. The terrorist were just waiting for the official results from CT before enacting their plans!
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patcox2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:40 AM
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32. Lamont voters embolden our enemies!
yes, indeed, precisely as predicted.
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:08 PM
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34. Great advice, but I think when people theorize wildly...
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:09 PM by LoZoccolo
...there's could be some other stuff going on too, like wanting to feel more perceptive than the vast majority of people, or wanting to be the first person to "discover" the "real goings-on". These rewards might seem greater to some than that of having a solid grasp on reality!
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lectrobyte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:12 PM
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35. Think for yourself. Question authority.
That's all I have to say about that.
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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:16 PM
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36. Choose your MYTHS Carefully
:evilgrin:
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:18 PM
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37. "Pooh began to feel a little more comfortable,
because when you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it..."

Keynes said something similar in the preface to his now classic economics book, but I do not have a copy of THAT sitting around here that I can quote from.
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Xenotime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:37 PM
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40. My father used to say..
"Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see."
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 01:59 AM
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48. i know that line from "heard it through the grapevine". nt
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Hoping4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:43 PM
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41. Excellent advice. Thanks.
:kick:
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:17 PM
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43. If you type it on DU, it is immediately true
Or something.
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petgoat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:17 PM
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44. I can't resist leavening that one with another great one:
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 07:21 PM by petgoat
Never Believe Anything Until
it's been Denied by at Least Two
High-Level Official Sources
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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:52 PM
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45. Kicked for sanity
Nice to see that 90% of GD is doing exactly what you warn against and screaming about how they "know" it's all a hoax.

:eyes:
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:56 PM
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46. God Bless You Skinner.
I mean that with the deepest sincerity. Your posts are always a breath of fresh air and I find myself wishing you posted more often in GD.
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Cheney Killed Bambi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 12:40 AM
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47. well said
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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 06:29 AM
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49. I believe so little of what I think that I end up a tabula rosa..
or, just mixed up: hence, "lostnfound".

The last 5 years are wearing on me.
How I long for clarity of worldview.
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immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 12:27 PM
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50. A variation...
Edited on Fri Aug-11-06 12:27 PM by IMModerate
Sometimes when I am engaged in a serious philosophical discussion, I'll pose this reality check: "Do you think that everything you believe is true?" I've done it a few times in discussions on DU.

Anybody who answers yes sets himself up for the paradox posed by the next question, "Does anyone else on earth share your exact set of beliefs?" If the response is no, which makes sense, then the implication is that everyone else on earth believes something that is false except you.

Assume that everybody's belief system is unique. At most, only one person can have it right.

--IMM
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 12:38 PM
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51. That is a good one
I wouldn't mind getting one of those. Would it be a copyright violation if DU comes up with a sticker like that?
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