We risk becoming a nation of suckers - Carl Sagan

Occasional Straw of Truth

Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication and courage. But if we don't practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the trulY serious problems that face us -- and we risk becoming a nation of suckers, up for grabs bY the next charlatan who comes along.

- Carl Saganc

Quote Source: The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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The flow of lies and cons is

The flow of lies and cons is relentless, ever-flowing and comes in all forms of media. It is hard to tell fact from conceptual fabrication in world that repeats the same lies over and over again, beating it into us until we know it better than we know the truth, or even worse until we think it is the truth. Bias is ever present in the news and once the news gets a general interpretation of something they like to foster and push that interpretation until it becomes believed by the listeners. Once someone becomes convinced the truth no longer matters and the agenda becomes to perpetuate the lies as this happens, the more people hear something the more they believe it.

Unless people know better or work hard to understand the truth the repetitive lies become the truth to them. And when some believes something a very dangerous thing happens, they begin to like hearing it said even if it is untrue and they begin to hate those who don't believe it or point out how ridiculous these lies are. Being someone who invest for a living I have learned to dig deep for knowledge and not to rely on the words of others who often have and agenda to push when I go looking for the truth and I encourage everyone to do the same.

People will kill for the lies they've been fed. People who understand this concept take advantage of how it works to manipulate the people in often short term ways that benefit themselves and their families often at the long term expense of everyone else.

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