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Discussion in 'Random' started by Ashley, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. Sterling von Shimmer

    Sterling von Shimmer When all else fails.... I shimmy

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    FB is a cesspool. I stopped about five years ago and haven’t looked back.


    I feel like you can’t blame SM for all of this rabid hate though. The common denominator is stupid people (on both sides) who take the bait and believe even the most ridiculous claims to fit their worldview. SM can put all kinds of crap out there but people don’t have to believe it at face value. Yet they do, and that’s a problem. Because critical thinking in this country is a lost art. I’m a lib, but if I read that Trump kicked a puppy on his way out of office, I’d be smart enough to think, “Yeah that’s fake.” It’d bring a small amount of comfort to me to believe it and know that I was “right all along” about him, but not at the cost of deluding myself.

    Unfortunately it seems like not enough people practice this discipline.
     
  2. Nikaa

    Nikaa Slow your roll, Sparkle. Bracket Winner

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    This post is exactly why Europeans has been laughing at Americans for the last 4 years.
     
  3. catlady

    catlady Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Unfortunately, I wish what you were saying were true. Psychologists, social scientists and other countries are seeing the direct link between increased hatred and violence starting with the beginning of social media. It began as a way to connect to old friends, timeline our photos and experiences and has quickly morphed into a platform for those that want to spew hate, intolerance and real time violence. Russia, nor any other country has to hack anything, they can just put stories out there and if it gets enough attention, artificial intelligence will keep posting it for ad money and eventually there's a feeding frenzy. The old adage, say it enough times it becomes truth has never been so valid. Add to that, tweens and teens constantly seeing Snap Chats and Instagram pictures of friends and exes doing things without them, and artificial intelligence recognizing that's what they are spending time watching, so it keeps feeding it to them for ad money. Psychologists state there's a direct correlation between increased anti-anxiety meds and social media with our youth, but here's the kicker.....If parents take away social media, there's an increase in anxiety and if they keep allowing social media, there's an increase in anxiety. This much negativity, extreme thinking, and constant knowledge of what everyone is doing at every minute of day and night is not normal.
     
  4. Keep_Believing

    Keep_Believing Moderator

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    Not sure if it was already mentioned, but they talk about it in Social Dilemma on Netflix.
     
  5. catlady

    catlady Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    I mentioned The Social Dilemma a couple posts above and I'm really hoping people will watch it. People need to know what they're up against with social media and its intelligence to fight back when it comes to their mental health and to have some moments of calm and clarity.

    Side note, about 8 years ago I was talking to a military friend and they said no one has to drop a bomb anymore, they just need to be strategic, patient and use social media to their advantage. If you can divide people by politics, economics, race, religion, color, sex, generation and causes, they will implode on themselves without spending a dime. We've got to stop drinking the kool-aid.
     
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  6. kristenthegreat

    kristenthegreat Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Worked as an election poll worker for the first time! It's a really interesting experience, one I recommend trying once (although maybe not in a major election for your first go 'round). You really appreciate what it takes to make an election work and it gives you a TON of insight into how people vote/human behavior. SO fascinating!

    Also exhausting. So, so unbelievably exhausting and I wasn't even in a contentious area! If you know a poll worker, buy them a coffee- they deserve it!
     
  7. SpacedCadet

    SpacedCadet I'm new. Don't Hurt Me

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    Has anyone noticed the crazy amount of astronaut and space stuff that has come out this year?











    We haven't seen such a pop culture obsession with space like this since the 1960s!
     
  8. SpacedCadet

    SpacedCadet I'm new. Don't Hurt Me

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  9. XtremeWpg

    XtremeWpg I have my own cheer message board

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    I've worked local, provincial and federal elections here in Canada in the past. They are the most peaceful, calm, reasonable things haha. I cannot imagine the contentious energy at a poll in America last week. Thank you for giving your time to support the democratic process!
     
  10. catlady

    catlady Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    I can only speak for ours, but there was absolutely no contentious energy and I live in a very diverse area which is generally split politically pretty equally. Election results for our county this year were 56% Biden/44% Trump and while people were socially distanced 6 feet apart, it didn't stop people from talking and laughing in line. Contrary to what social media puts out there, the majority of us American's are still civilized and kind people. ;)
     
  11. emo_wifey

    emo_wifey Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    Same. We are still very red but I am in one of the counties close to turning blue. Some lines took four hours to get through, mine about two hours. I saw multiple stories of people letting elderly or injured cut towards the front, bring waters and snacks for everybody, and just being super friendly.
     
  12. cac4life

    cac4life They call me Susie

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    CAC had their showcase yesterday...And you best believe we are coming into our 31st season HARD!
    Watch out for CAC STEEL in the medium junior coed 4 devison!
     
  13. Sterling von Shimmer

    Sterling von Shimmer When all else fails.... I shimmy

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  14. cac4life

    cac4life They call me Susie

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    ....NO
    .....NO
    ......NOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    whyyyyy
     
  15. CLynn

    CLynn Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    A division all their own huh? Junior 4 can have males or females but is not considered co-ed.