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Tessa Schlesinger
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A thinker who writes her thoughts. Atheist. Humanist. Progressive. Traveller.
A thinker who writes her thoughts. Atheist. Humanist. Progressive. Traveller.

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I wonder why it is that so many don't understand that Hillary Clinton was the wrong candidate for the Dems.

QUOTE: The antipathy toward Hillary Clinton is so strong that it keeps voters in the Trump camp. Asked for a word or phrase to describe Clinton, there was a string of invectives: crook and thief and sore loser, someone who can’t be trusted and who thinks the rules don’t apply to her.

QUOTE; Michael Leimone, 41, a cook at a local pizza restaurant, is disappointed in Trump, but doesn’t regret his vote. He calls Trump a loose cannon, but insists, “It’s still better than having the career politician in there.”
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Cognitive dissonance

When you mention the tens of billions and the 30 or 40 years it will take to clean it up, and you say that despite all this, "nuclear power isn't inherently dangerous." Oh, and you forget to mention how many people died as a consequence.
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Physiological evidence of depression. My theory is that unhappiness and distress cause alterations in the brain.
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Basically most people don't connect the dots between capitalism and climate change.

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I always wonder what the stories are behind these abandoned old homes. Why was the furniture left? Do the homes still belong to someone somewhere? Do they know about it? Is it some rich aristocrat who has so many homes and who is vaguely aware of the existence of this one, but it's not part of their life anymore. Did the state acquire it in bankruptsy and then couldn't sell it? What happened?
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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai The boots and accessories are stunning, awesome, out of this world, to die for. Wow!
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Shortly after I turned 30, someone gave me a book called "How to win friends and influence people." I was absolutely horrified at the contents of the book. To summarise, if you want to sell someone something that they don't want to buy, flatter them in order to make friends with them, and then they will like you, trust you, and buy from you. That was the gist of the book.

I recall being taught in 1958/9 from one of Aesop's fables and some other stories that to 'like' someone for what you could get out of them was called cupboard love, and it was highly unethical.

Influence, however, is even more insiduous. It means that you have power over other people in order to convert them to your way of thinking. Note that there is no respect for providing the other person with objecctive information (which is what the press was supposed to do) so that they can make up their own minds No, it is purposely manipulating them (influencing them) so that one has power to direct their decisions. There is absolutely nothing good about the desire for influence and power.

Certainly, some people have power and influence over others simply because it is the nature of 95% of humanity (followers) to want someone else to make decisions for them. I've never been able to make peace with this.

I run a mile when someone wants me to make a decision fo them. I would ever dream of taking advantage of someone else. But then, as Abraham Lincoln said, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
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