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“Legal Abortion Is A Personal Right” is the New Conservatism

By: TuffsNotEnuff Wednesday February 26, 2014 2:36 pm

Social conservatives have generated quite the backlash recently with ads that slam date rape drugs along with marijuana. One unintended effect has been to identify abortion as a prime defense against the unintended pregnancies caused by chemical attacks.

Same time, just under 1% of pregnant girls think that they are still virgins. They have no memory of the attack. Similarly, pharmaceutical birth control is seen now as a defensive tool.

This combination of date rape drugs and Republican propaganda has produced unintended consequences. Legal abortion is the “tough” response to these rapes.

Where an abortion is considered “necessary,” self-identified social conservatives want it available and completely safe. Abortion, itself, is admittedly unpleasant.

legal abortion

A majority of self-identified Republican voters in a recent face-to-face interview sequence agreed with this poster.

Avoiding unplanned pregnancies is how you reduce abortions.

Extremism in defense of wack-job dogma ??? The party has not adapted. GOP candidates continue to ally themselves with unending streams of embarrassment:

“In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out.”

– State Representative Jodie Laubenberg, Texas

“…Cleaned out!” A girl can get “cleaned out.” No one on the democratic side says anything like that.

Abortion has been a good issue to GOP candidates. After Nixon and Watergate in the 1970s, they were able to use the Christian Right for manpower so that money from Adolph Coors and the Kochs could let them rebuild.

Now, apparently, that core issue has become stale.

The next two or three years will be critical: an emotional counterattack on the abortion issue can move precious votes away from the GOP. The Big GOPers are having none of it. Legislatures in Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, North Dakota, and Wisconsin have gone wild and passed laws that apply various tricks to undermine legal abortion.

Nobody asked the broad range of Republican voters what they thought of this. Fundie voters constituted no more than 12% to 15% of the voting population. That is a minority of their own party.

Republican statements could all have come from clones of Michele Bachmann:

“It’s Jessica who’s having to have her body live with the ravages of this vaccine.”
—Representative Michele Bachmann, Minnesota. Inventing dangers for the HPV vaccine

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and… if they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. …they feel pleasure….”
— Representative Michael Burgess

“But on the rape thing, it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?”
— John Koster, Washington State

“As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
— Clayton Williams, Texas. He did say that with a microphone in front of him.

“One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country…. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”
—Rick Santorum, then a Senator from Pennsylvania

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, and I realized that life is a gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.”
—Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock

“I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician with a rape issue, that that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape.”
—Chuck Winder, Idaho state senator

“These Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness…We are not going to have our men become subservient.”
— Representative Allen West, Florida

“Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of forcible rape.”
—Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, as part of an extended rejection of rape as a reason for abortion

“The method of conception doesn’t change the idea of life.”
—Paul Ryan, vice-presidential nominee, rejecting rape as a reason for abortion

Abortions make up “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”
—Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona. Off by 87% of their budget.

“The executive director of Planned Parenthood in Illinois said they want to become the LensCrafter of big abortion in Illinois.”
– Representative Michele Bachmann, Minnesota

“Put yourself in the father’s [rapist's] situation.”
—Tom Smith, Pennsylvania

“The facts show that people who are raped —who are truly raped—the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant. Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever.”
—Representative Henry Aldridge, North Carolina

Spoil yourself with one more Bachmannism:

“There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design.”
– Michelle Bachmann

“Intelligence design,” yes. That’s for cars and planes and phones.

And there are no practical responses for today’s Republicans, other than to repeat their usual swill. Going into 2014 election season we have Obama virtually winning the War on Terror with 10 terrorism deaths of Americans in 5 years, a recovering economy, and Chris Christie echoing Nixon’s V.P. Spiro Agnew — the Corruption Kid.

Add to that the possibility of vaporizing abortion as a GOP vote-generator. One other statement might surprise you, that it gets majority agreement from voting Republicans:

“The dismaying truth is that Birtherism is part of a larger pattern of rejection of reality that has taken hold of intimidating segments of one of the two political parties that alternate in power in our governing institutions. It is akin to the view that global warming is a hoax, or that the budget can be balanced through spending cuts alone, or that contraception causes abortion, or that evolution is just another theory, on a par with the theory that the earth is six thousand years old.”
― Hendrik Hertzberg

Ignoring their own “Base” voters, GOP candidates insist on supporting wack-job dogma.

American voters will make them pay for it. The country’s very low information voters… don’t vote. Increasingly these Big Republicans are dead to the rest of us.

Hoaxes 101: How Birchers Game Voters and Elect Tea Party Extremists

By: TuffsNotEnuff Thursday October 17, 2013 9:09 am

The Senate and House votes to reopen the government and avoid Federal financial default gave us a hard look at the GOP’s “Die Hard !!” elected extremists. The Senate came in with 18 wack-jobs; the House showed up with 189 for the initial vote, then 144 for the final. These teabaggers share belief in rightie hoaxes that originated as far back as the John Birch Society in the 1950s. These are anti-socials who would rather see the United States of America default on its debt and go into recession than accept the results of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections.

John Birch logo

How the John Birch Society elects Tea Party candidates.

Paul Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential candidate from 2012, led the charge. He and the others support a “Tea Party” subset of the Republican Party. Thing is, they push Bircher paranoia for a dozen major issues; they report belief in propaganda themes that have little to no basis in fact. For example: ObamaCare is mainly a program for insurance reform. Every one of the coverage plans comes from a capitalist enterprise. But Ryan & Co. push a hoax claiming that this is “government takeover of health care.”

Yes, folks, the John Birch Society is alive and well, rebranded as the Tea Party. There’s also a public group using the JBS name that minimizes the open craziness; it’s out there for public relations purposes. The real Birchers are the billionaires and propagandists who have been around for decades and took over the nativist anti-Obama Tea Party in 2009.

The main result of this manipulation is that structured hoaxes dominate today’s GOP.

The hoaxes reflect Libertarian and Randian fantasies and Right Wing Nut Job paranoid delusions. Now they are played out in Washington by the self-described Tea Party office holders.

Consider the hoaxes as a collection. They generate disinformation and encourage actions that damage our Madisonian democracy.

Here is a selection of the GOP’s most antisocial hoaxes. Taken together they help to form a make-believe world.

The GOP Dystopia

– Economic problems are rooted in a Lower Class of 47%er welfare state layabouts
– Unions are criminal enterprises
– Government operations are intrinsically incompetent (lacking profit motive which is the only honest way to do things)
– Politicians are all crooks (especially Libruls, so voting doesn’t matter)
– Guns in homes are a sensible protection against home invasion (reflecting societal breakdown, alleged to occur 1,000,000+ times a year)
– Government is the problem (referring to what we call Madisonian constitutional democracy; denying international competition, the 1%er redistribution, and increasing automation)
– Global warming is an economy-killing leftist conspiracy
– Guns in homes are our ultimate protection from tyranny
– American Christians suffer rough and hurtful persecution
– Science cannot be trusted (typically in argument, because scientific results can change over time. The Bible is absolute.)
– The less government, the better; a.k.a., government-vs.-private-sector is a fixed sum game; a.k.a., taxes are theft
– Supporters of legal abortion are “Baby Killers”
– Media outlets (owned by multinational corporations) are biased to Left/Liberal positions
– Obama’s election victories in 2008 and 2012 were illegitimate
– Wealth redistribution to the top is what drives job creation
– Ronald Reagan maximized American influence world wide
– Democratic politicians are members of an out-of-touch elite; Democrats do not understand ordinary Americans
– The 2003-2009 mortgage debacle was caused by lying poor people (which ties in with the broader hoax that the Welfare State has produced a 47%er class of dependent losers)
– Corporations are people (which sounds funny until you consider “Undercover Boss” and the like)
– Everyone in the world should love America
– We’re # 1
– Vietnam and Iraq were examples of defending freedom and liberty and the American battlefield losses are all Americans care about
– America’s health care system is the best in the world
– American football is a great sport and uniquely important as a character builder
– Student debt is a normal part of education — nothing happening, move on
– Student debt and trashing support for Social Security — nothing there, move on
– Department of Defense is an essential and underfunded investment
– Patriot Act cancellation of Madison’s Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution is what keeps Al Qaeda from killing your family
– National Security Agency storage of “metadata” is not part of a vast invasion of private lives
– Financing for politics in America is wide open and we are the Gold Standard for free elections
– The War on Drugs goes back and forth with more victories than losses
– Prisons lower the rate of violent crime by incarcerating “superpredators”

Structure

Take a couple minutes researching any GOP hoax. The profession versions consist of three sets of elements:

How Right Wing Propaganda Emulates Auditory Hallucinations

By: TuffsNotEnuff Monday September 30, 2013 8:05 am

They hear their “voices.” The deep baritone thug-tones of the Limbaughs and O’Reillys. The factless, non-rational arguments that populate the virtual world of “catfished” conservatives. Of course the aim is social control — reality testing is discouraged as the targets are compelled to carry on mindlessly: “Receive, Remember, Apply !”

Julian Jaynes, a professor at Princeton, wrote about the earliest human societies and how their large-scale projects were consistent similar patterns that included hearing imaginary voices. This is the Jaynes Model. Social control in those early urbanized systems is consistent with Jaynes’s hypothesis a large number of early humans experienced auditory hallucinations similar to what is reported today with schizophrenia and schizoid disorders. Social control would have been effected by influencing the message content of those “voices” in political and religious activities carried out by those societies’ authoritarian leaders.

The early “voices” in the Jaynes Model work like Tea Party members listening to radio and television. The main results of the Jaynes Model are predictions of strong social cohesion, submission, and a willingness to work many hours to achieve group goals.

Does it sound familiar?

A charismatic leader 7,500 years ago did not have radio or television. But they did succeed in many societies when they pressed claims to personal godliness. Hours of daily communal prayer played a role in the indoctrination. The “voices” could be used to control people for war, for such as draining marshes, or to build the pyramids.

Today we have 1% to 5% of people experiencing “voices” at one time or another in life; given the pay-offs in terms of social cohesion, the percentages in early societies could have been much higher. A society with 25% hearing divine “voices” would have dominant over any group of disorganized rural farmers and slaves. That’s also a big ticket if you want to be a Living God.

Being a god can be very, very cool. Ask a Roman emperor. Or a pharoah. Ask Ted Cruz.

Sigmund Freud also did work analyzing the messaging systems for authoritarian controls. This includes his theory of the Superego. But by Freud’s day most people’s messages had gone underground, become subconscious. The Superego operates with guilt and silent inhibitions on behavior. Submission to a strong leader is addressed by Bob Altemeyer. For application to political analytics, see John Dean’s works on the Nixon administration

Altemeyer nails right wing submission to authority figures and acceptance of non-rational arguments solely based on authoritarian packaging.

In a nutshell, this is how you influence people to vote repeatedly against their own interests. Or to worship a gold digger such as Sarah Palin.

This is how relentless ad hominem and rude name-calling at our American president are disguised as patriotism. Jaynes’s auditory hallucinations are echoed by RWNJ “Message Discipline” and a well defined set of hoaxes.

Thing is: Never Underestimate the Effectiveness of Non-Rational Argument.

For people on the Right, fact checking might as well not exist. They are a class of “catfished” victims who believe that Republicans are Prince Charmings on white chargers. At the end of the day about a fourth of American voters have been manipulated to form a “Jaynestown USA” cult.

For Progressives to respond effectively it is not enough to fighting off single, atomic lies from the RWNJs. What modifies individual behavior is not the lies, but the hoaxes that the lies create and then support.

Lies can be ephemeral. Hoaxes are carried on for decades, if not for ever.

Here is a good intro to the basics of historical analysis relevant to how voices in the brain connect to personal awareness, leading to Jaynes’s research on consciousness:

Consciousness and the Voices of the Mind

Jaynes’s big book is here:

The Origin of Consciousness in the Break-Down of the Bicameral Mind

My guess is that Jaynes overreached. He want everybody in those societies influenced by “voices.” There is no reason to think that the disorder affected everyone.

“Voices”-amplified-religion, as Jaynes postulates, would give a leader all he needed to keep control. These were pre-writing societies with very low intellectual stimulation for slave classes. They also provided simply terrible food resources as cities were grafted on top of what had been low-density hunter-gatherer communities.

We get something similar in the early 20th Century with the Russian, Lev Vygotsky. He listened to children and found that they talked to themselves, to imaginary friends, to almost anything. The imaginary friends talked back, too. Kids do two-party imaginary conversations.

Building language structures and the generative capabilities is not a simple points-on-a-line waterfall.

Lev Vygotsky in wikipedia

Vygotsky appreciated that individual development in childhood is different from what children can do when they work with other children and with adults. He diagrammed this as a Zone of Proximal Development — extending from individual to full group achievement.

Imagine this ZoPeD process operating in a Jaynestown world where communal daily prayers and songs and hallucinatory voices are major players for childhood development. That is a different world from ours.

All too much a part of our world are the millions of American authoritarians. Here’s Bob Altemeyer’s test:

Altemeyer Authoritarian Test

Freud is left to Dearest Reader. You can find “The Century of the Self” BBC series in four parts at the Google video library. The series shows how Freud’s ideas invaded capitalist advertising in the 1920s and then moved on into politics.
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Right Wing strategy pushed well-defined hoaxes. The aim is to get their targets to believe broad, emotionally charged concepts that tie their “catfished” marks to “conservatives” as to family.

The individual lies can come and go. It is the hoaxes that matter.

Let’s look at a couple of the prime hoaxes.

– Ronald Reagan was a great president

And a great man. The archetypal American. Selling Ronald Reagan has become an industry for Right Wingers.

He is George Washington. Without Reagan, if you want to go all the way with this hoax, there might not be a United States with a constitutional government. He was the critical figure who saved America in the 1980s.

Foreign policy and war-making are areas of strength. He made no mistakes. Every move was brilliant.

Thing is, if you do fact checking on Reagan, he was a terrible failure at international politics. He trashed America’s image overseas by unleashing mass murder. Do the body counts.

Yet today it has been more than a decade since our broadcast news programs have mentioned Reagan’s invasion of Lebanon in 1983. He got 398 people killed there in that one year and then surrendered. His had the Marines and Army turn tail in full retreat. Reagan abandoned our local allies.

Some 241 were killed at the Marine BLT Barracks in October. The embassy had been hit earlier killing 63 and there were two additional truck bombings afterward.

What brought on those killings was Reagan’s mindless naval bombardments of Arab villages up hill from Beirut. He killed hundreds of civilians, setting up a cry for revenge. Iran

By 1985 it is not an exaggeration to say that Reagan was the “father” for Hezbollah. Prior to bombing the Marines, the Iranians had next to no influence in Lebanon. But when an Iranian, Ismail Ascari, drove the first truck bomb and got revenge, the Iranians became long term allies for all the hilltop tribes.

Reagan solved his political problems related to the defeat and surrender by invading Grenada and by having removal of a benign polyp headlined nationally as a “cancer scare.”

Reagan was very good at PR.

Not much else. The line “Tear down this wall!” is credited with powers like Jehovah parting the Red Sea. You would think that Reagan was up on Mt. Rushmore to listen to GOPer propaganda.

Except that he didn’t get as many people killed uselessly, Reagan was similar to GW Bush. Bush’s speech after the 9/11 attacks was his high point, same as Reagan’s speech at the Berlin Wall. Neither of them accomplished much of substance, they ran up huge budget deficits, and the failures in Lebanon and Iraq were their most important impacts on history.

– Democrats are always profligate, always for increasing government, wasteful of your tax dollars

This second big hoax mangles what has happened over the last century with Democrats and Republicans in office. We have a DKOS diary that is a classic for stating the facts:

Which party is best for the economy? It’s not even close

It has charts and links for everything you’d ever want to know. If you fact check.

More than not, corporate media pound out material supporting RWNJ hoaxes. They would have the citizenry believe that Democrats ruin the economy again and again by increasing government spending, raising taxes, and drowning puppies.

It’s like lines of crack for America’s authoritarians.
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Between the auditory hallucinations inhabiting AM and FM radio and putrid run off from the Citizens United out-house, it is no wonder that a fourth of Americans believe swill.

For Progressives, keep your focus on the the Major Hoaxes.

The hoaxes are what populate Tea Party mental processes. The lies are cheap tools used to sustain the hoaxes. Success is like getting any person who has been targeted to realize that their money has been lost to a scam.

Keep in mind that they’re hearing “voices.” You’re also working against the inertia of a very large mass of denial.

FBI and NSA Risk Analysis Commission appointment urged

By: TuffsNotEnuff Tuesday August 13, 2013 9:23 am

There is a risk from terrorism. It is less than 1% of the risk that comes with government overreaction to terrorism. Usama bin Laden knew that — it’s why he participated in the 9/11 attacks. But what are the overall risks of overreaction? we need a commission to sort these things out.

Here is a simple petition at the White House web site. Please, have a go at registering and signing to have an unclassified analysis of the risks published for us all.
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We petition the obama administration to:

Appoint a FBI and NSA Risk Analysis Commission to report most likely impacts of criminal misuse of personal information

A quantitative risk assessment of the FBI-NSA information technology environment should be prepared over a one year period. This report will be released to the public with no redactions. The prime focus is to identify long-term criminal threats.

This is routine work for commercial IT departments. “What damage can a System Administrator do? Or a Vice-President of Security?” These are critical questions.

FBI UPSTREAM and NSA PRISM systems warrant independent downside analysis. We know that millions of these phone records were copied to an FBI employee’s laptop. Similar crimes range from politically motivated cell phone taps to the Watergate “Plumbers” conspiracy.

Assuming the future replicates known “dirty trick” crime patterns, what new hazards for theft or blackmail are now at hand?

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Look to the #2 signer. She was the F.B.I. whistleblower who made the one honest, full effort to stop the 9/11 attacks. They had Zacarias Moussaoui in custody and his laptop in hand — surely enough to put World Trade Center and The Pentagon on a wartime defensive footing. The first airliner suicide-hijacking had come at Christmas of 1994, so there weren’t any mysteries to where the risks fell.

Now we need a solid look at long-term risks from running the UPSTREAM and PRISM systems.

Imagine a President Aaron Burr. Or a home grown President Henry Kissinger. Or how do you like a President J. Edgar Hoover or President Dick Cheney? What are the most likely misuses, the risks of having these systems in place?

Today’s Car Dealerships Echo the 2000′s Mortgage Massacre

By: TuffsNotEnuff Sunday July 21, 2013 3:24 pm

Occupy Security and Occupy SEC focus on capitalism’s vulnerabilities to organized criminal action. What America saw with houses in the 2000s, you will see today with automobile sales. This includes the top brands and the large dealerships. Wall Street’s ethical pollution has spread out.

Car dealerships as an example of capitalist corruption

Promise: we will get to how to protect yourself. And it’s not as bad as buying a house during the recent the Mortgage Massacre.

Goody-goody.

The 1%ers and their corporations have professional services available to handle car buying. Some half-a-million individuals and small businesses share use of these services. The idea is to pay a membership fee up front to avoid the Sales Manager system. For $25 or $30 a year with other benefits they get offers in writing and no high pressure scams.

The 1%ers figured out that Wall Street flim-flam has polluted the new car sales process. They are happy to pay up-front to arrange their leases and purchase offers prior to going in for the car. Even where they use sales people to take test drives, they still go through buying services to cut out the Sales Managers and the tricks that come with face-to-face contract negotiation.

Everybody wants to save money.

Problem is, most Occupiers walk in unprepared. We are 99%ers. As a 99%er, you get targeted same as mortgage seekers back in the 2000s.

You go in, you might have a print ad or an internet ad in your hand. You saw a car and you want one. Normal purchase, you think. Your last car buy was years ago. You are certainly not ready for the stresses induced by this Sales Manager system.

Worse yet, you go in with no idea what is going to happen. No way are you ready for what can turn into a 3 or 4 hour knock-down drag-out. You go in with no idea that they can fake documents on you.

Who would have thought that “robo-signing” would spread to new cars?

Try to go in and buy a new car from a dealer in the Northeastern section of the country. From our research in the last four months you will find yourself in a system that applies a variety of slimeball techniques that add between $1700 and $6500 in unsupported fees to the cost of a $20,000 vehicle.

If you go for a $30,000 car, these dealership can try to add as much as $10,000 above the MSRP and expected tax, tag, title, and justifiable fees. The worst of it is one scam that has lease customers paying higher payments than what you need to buy the car, then finding no extra credit at turn-in 36 months later. Getting that last scam through is observed in conjunction with a trickily placed use of forgery — no telling how many of these Sales Managers worked in the robo-signing departments of the Mortgage Factories.

Car dealerships have been bought out and consolidated to groups of dozens of sites. You can find hundreds of operations under the same corporate leadership. This removes oversight and replaces accounting reviewers with “Customer Service Representative” slots. These CSRs can talk but they have no power whatsoever.

Plainly, buying a car is not like buying a refrigerator. Arguably it is more like buying a house in 2003-2007. Nobody gets mugged at the Appliance Department in a Sears or a Home Depot.

– No one is told that an advertisement only applied to one particular refrigerator, which was always “Sold Yesterday.”

– No one is hit with a payment agreement costing $795 that mentions augmenting insurance, but in the language of the agreement provides no coverage or augmentation whatsoever.

– No refrigerator comes with a “$1,000 radio.”

– No refrigerator monthly payment is negotiated first, with the total cost of the appliance jacked up with extras to absorb available moneys.

– No refrigerator buyer is handed a red folder filled with 50 pages of printed forms.

– No refrigerator buyer finds a forged “Lease Waiver” form in her red folder, which voids a 24-hour consider-the-deal-before-signing right provided by her state government.

– No refrigerator buyer leases a frig, then finds a forged lease contract in her red folder that carries forward the agreed monthly lease payment but changes every other element of the verbal agreement.

– Very few refrigerator buyers need to do more than consult Consumer Reports and online price scanners to support their shopping expeditions.

Refrigerators are rarely sold by criminals. Cars ??? You might need more than good luck.

Cars are indeed different. And this is not the silly horse-trading tricks of corner lot used car sales. This is first-line Class A new car dealerships we’re describing. The top selling brands. The best cars.

The financial tricks that fueled the $2.1-trillion Mortgage Madness extravaganza have moved over from the largest to the second-largest consumer durables sector.

One simple alternative is use of a membership organization such as AAA. The New Jersey chapter will negotiate a price for new or used car purchase. AAA.com-Automotive gets you to their Automobile Buying Program.

Costco offers almost exactly the same service. They are excellent. [Note: add BJ's buying service to the Good List.] Car brokers are paid by the dealers and should be avoided; same for the AutoNation Direct system. Stick with AAA and Costco [and BJ's.] Keep it simple:

“The AAA Auto Buying Program is the easiest way to get a great deal on a new or pre-owned vehicle, while avoiding the stress and hassles normally associated with buying or leasing a car. Receive up-front, no-haggle, guaranteed low pricing on all new makes and models and our members-only special purchase incentives on pre-owned vehicles.”

You get the Vehicle Identification Number, all installed options, MSRP/invoice/cost figures, dealer incentives, the dollars and conditions for your deal, and a contact person to walk through the signing process. Generally if the dealership does the arrangements your financing will go through a major financial organization, though you certainly have the option of using your own credit union or local bank.

Gee. Who would have thought that 500,000 people a year would need professional help to buy a car? Well, obviously, people needed similar help getting mortgages in the 2000s, but very few people understood American capitalism’s vulnerability to organized criminal activity.

Consumer protection is getting stronger. It has its own marketplace for protective services, its own organizations that fight the criminal wings of these capitalist businesses.

Want to walk into a car dealership, ready to spend $25,000 for a new car? Lock-and-loaded for conflict? Think that a greeting from a friendly, attractive, ethnically matched salesman is going to spare you from this corrupted Sales Manager system?

Think it’s not going to happen to you? That they can’t beat you down or flim-flam you?

Fergedaboudit….

Please, find a competent buying service. Keep your money out of the hands of crooks. [Additional note: on the phone today I learned that BJ's offers the same type of service. A competitor gave me the information and said they are first-rate.]

Tank Man, Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden

By: TuffsNotEnuff Saturday June 22, 2013 6:48 pm

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Those are the three guys who have done the most to show us what has happened to the world.

Give credit to Pussy Riot. They’re girls and they did all they could. Mohamed Bouazizi will be invoked for centuries. There’s a couple hundred deserving souls in that league. What sets the three men in the title apart is the worldwide impacts of their actions.

Recall the “Earth Rise” photo from Apollo 8 ? NASA’s contribution from Christmas of 1968.

Between Tank Man, Manning, and Snowden that’s where I think we are. A new view of our world.

Go in peace.

Here’s All You Need to Bust the NRA

By: TuffsNotEnuff Sunday April 7, 2013 5:13 pm

To bust them as blood-gargling psychopaths.

In recent years 38% of the 16,000,000 annual civilian gun purchases were reported as being bought for “home defense.” At a conservative estimate of $500 each, that makes for $3-billion in “home defense” purchases.

But what are these guns used for ?

Not home defense.

This FBI summary of nationwide police reports records a grand total of 232 civilian justifiable homicides. The deceased were engaged in felonies such as threatening or beating the shooters. You are not allowed to shoot trepassers or garage band drummers, no matter their size, shape or smell.

In the details, only 80 of these incidents occurred at the residences of the shooters.

NRA has sold Americans on a claim that there are 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 annual gun defenses.

NRA lies.

During armed confrontations, where someone is shot the survival rate is less than 2 in 3. This is lower than the 4 out of 5 ratio for all gun shootings, largely because defensive shooters usually fire more than one bullet.

80 “home defense” deaths indicates a total of 250 “home defense” shootings.

Studies indicate that armed confrontations result in shootings 3% to 8% of the time.

If this was only 1%, you would have 25,000 “home defense” incidents a year nationwide. That 25,000 figure is a top end limit for defensive gun uses at homes.

It is no where near the NRA lies about 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 gun defenses. NRA and their hirelings made that up.

Plainly where people pull a gun to confront someone committing a felony at their own home, the chance of the resident pulling the trigger is more than 1%. No study in the United States places the shooting rate that low.

Training for use of a firearm stresses that you never pull a gun unless you intend to shoot someone. Waving a gun around, showing it as a threat is illegal as “brandishing” while chasing after someone with a loaded gun is Assault With a Deadly Weapon.

How many people would spend $500 for a tool that is only needed at homes some 80 times a year ? If you don’t sell drugs out of your house, why even consider it ? A loud siren will drive off an urban or suburban thug. A Pepper Blaster ($40) is better for instantly incapacitating someone than firing one bullet into him.

Bust up the NRA, bust up the Republican Party.

People come to understand the math and the basics of the FBI reporting system, NRA is done. So is the GOP.

NRA Roulette and Russian Roulette

By: TuffsNotEnuff Friday March 29, 2013 12:27 pm

You all know that Russian roulette is kind of crazy. If you want to play, you put one bullet in the cylinder of a revolver, spin the cylinder, point the gun at your temple, and pull the trigger. With a six-shooter you get 5:1 odds for survival. Play a game of NRA Roulette and the odds run a whole lot worse than that.

To play NRA Roulette, you get to thinking that you need to buy a self-defense gun and keep it at home. They tell you there’s 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 “defensive gun use” situations a year in America. They are wealthy and educated and they have big friends, so you believe them. You know there are accidents and suicides and civilian homicides, but they tell you that having a home defense gun is important.

Thing is, can you listen to someone else ? Is there someone else to listen to ? Can you trust the Federal Bureau of Investigation ? Can you trust the F.B.I. to tabulate police reports and tell you a truth different from the N.R.A. ?

The National Rifle Association is a lobbying organization. Over the last 20 years they have helped the firearms industry sell $50-billion in these “home defense” weapons.

Problem is, F.B.I. tabulation shows that for 2010 there were only 232 justifiable homicides in the whole country where civilians were the shooters. Get down into the details and 80 of these happened at residences. The rest were at businesses. Same year, F.B.I. reports 19,000 gun suicides and 11,000 unjustified gun homicides.

Home guns kill 30,000 by suicide and homicide. Home guns kill 80 at home defense.

So if you can believe the F.B.I. then, odds of these home defense guns killing the wrong person run 375 to 1.

You can buy a home defense gun anywhere. But you have to hope it will never be used for anything. Time it gets used, that is NRA Roulette.

You know what a six-shooter looks like. Loaded for Russian roulette, the cylinder has five empty chambers and one chamber that holds a bullet.

The cylinder for a revolver to play a round of NRA Roulette looks quite a bit different.

N.R.A. ROULETTE

NRA Roulette

This cylinder has 101 bullets and 1 empty chamber. We leave off the suicides. It looks worse than strange if we put all 375 of the suicides and illegal killings on there.

If you can figure a way to manufacture a firearm that could use this cylinder, please let us know.

Russian roulette goes off at 5:1 in your favor. NRA Roulette yields 375:1 going against you on average, if the gun gets used.

This comparison can also be appraised using the insurance concept of a risk factor. A tool would be unacceptable if it carries a 1% risk factor of killing someone when it is used. Any tool but these so-called “home defense” guns. In use these guns have a 37,500% risk factor.

Yet N.R.A. is allowed to lie. They claim 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 annual “defensive gun uses.” They claim between 30,000 and 200,000 defensive shootings in their pamphlets and magazines. If they were not lairs, this would result in 10,000 to 60,000 justifiable homicides.

Not 232.

So why is N.R.A. allowed to lie ?

The real number for gun defenses is more like 10,000. The maximum goes around 25,000 where you count getting raccoons out of the garbage cans.

Your home is more likely to get hit by lightning. If you don’t sell drugs, forgetaboutit.

How do they get away with this paranoia ? And do it year after year.

Seems easy to call them out for what they are. Also seems easy enough to put the threat of home invasions back in perspective.

That could happen. N.R.A. membership could fall off. Same for gun sales. And the local television if-it-bleeds-it-leads crew might have to find out what else is happening.

Reality could make an appearance.

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