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You're talking a lot about things to do. Why don't you let us vote with our wallets, too? #MDFC options for this video? I don't see the options to pick from, but if I liked an option and 999 other people also liked it, then my little $10 could become part of a $10,000 swat that might make a real difference.

The real problem with the Koch brothers is that there are TOO many possible campaigns, and you need to keep it realistic. Maybe 4 or 5 options at a time--but if a campaign makes its funding target, then you can replace it with a fresh one. Too much with the problems! Let's see some solutions!
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#MDFC options? Obviously one of the options should be a campaign to legalize marijuana in that state, and if enough people agreed to join it, then it would get funded. However, I confess I probably wouldn't join it, partly because I don't care that much about the issue and mostly because I don't know much about the state. However, if one of the campaign options was targeted against the judicial dictatorship of the US, I'd be more likely to sign up there.

(Earthquake time in Tokyo.)
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Not as simple as Cenk's presentation. Even TYT would agree that the government should encourage certain industries, say alternative energy, and discourage others, say fracking. The simplified presentation is ignoring the question of whether or not Boeing should be subsidized, and then we can consider whether or not Exim is a good way to do so.

Not saying that I agree with this idea, but Boeing certainly argues that it is better for the US to have a strong airplane industry, both to lead the world in that category and to prevent other countries from building strong airplane industries that could pose future threats to America.

Now for #MDFC options... Actually, I confess I'm stumped. I don't have any strong reactions to this article and can't imagine what sort of response that I might help fund, even if TYT saw fit to give me that opportunity.
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#MDFC options? Well, since this is a money story, the obvious options would be to offer similar prizes, but perhaps more substantive ones. Sorry, Ana, but $1,000 is NOT a large sum of money, and even $10,000 is an easy reach if 1,000 people agree to put $10 each on the objective.

As regards this particular article, this is definitely NOT the kind of campaign I would vote for with my little bits of money. I predict that it will actually be counterproductive because the science deniers will make a bunch of claims that they have earned the prize money and that he is just refusing to pay up because he's a bad scientist trying to project his own non-scientific beliefs. Shades of projection, again.
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When I watched the video I kept expecting the obvious explanation of cognitive dissonance. Yes, he is crazy, but he's still trying to reconcile his insanity. This is just the best equilibrium point he could reach from an impossible position. The loop is probably around his belief that Christians are good and can't be bad, but he knows that he is actually bad, so he can't actually be a Christian. There's actually a logical fallacy there, but logic is certainly not his strong point, and anything he says can be dismissed as crazy rationalization. Actually, I'd even speculate that he became a Christian in the first place because of thinking he was a bad person, and the real problem is that he was right and even worse, the Christian thing couldn't fix him.

Not sure what sort of #MDFC I would support in response to this topic. Something to oppose religious brainwashing?
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So why doesn't TYT sponsor a free market of charity? It's called #MDFC for More Democratic Funding Campaigns. I'd write more, but in a rush now, and anyway I've already described it in great detail--and you (TYT) have ignored it or failed to understand it (and failed to ask questions).

I'm not saying I can solve all the problems. I'm saying that lots of people working together can solve lots of problems, even if Steve Forbes is NOT involved.
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I'd donate some time (as evidenced by my frequent comments), but I'd rather donate some money--if only I could believe it would make a difference. I'm not rich, you know, but I think #MDFC (More Democratic Funding Campaigns) could help. If enough of us agree to fund a campaign, then it isn't my pissant $10, but my pissant $10 and 999 other pissants making a $10,000 swat at some issue.
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This story is an example of why I don't support existing crowd source funding and why my alternative suggestion of #MDFC should include project management--including success criteria. In this case, the project preparation proposal preparation would have detected if there is a scam going on, and it certainly seems that the only prize these people deserve is a Darwin Award for stupidity. Their OWN pit bulls attacked their OWN daughter. I'm afraid the only project I could support in this situation would include removal of the pit bulls to prevent them from attacking the daughter again (or someone else, of course).
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I actually read the original paper in its entirety. The description in the Atlantic or your report is exaggerated. My first degree is highly relevant to this research, and I think they are not saying all they know. The next steps are actually rather obvious and insidious. The way they act on this involves tweaking the parameters to jerk your emotions around.

#MDFC options in response to this story? Some project to protect privacy and fight propaganda. In my case, anything with the EFF space cadets would NOT be likely to get my money.
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#MDFC options? Something against that morning idiot? He really is an idiot, but not nearly as stupid as most of them.

Anyway, on the presentation I don't agree that there's any 10-step or absolute standard series of steps in this kind of stuff. The 10-step thing does capture many of the major steps, but the particular cards they play and the particular order in which they play them do vary in each case. I think it would be more useful to organize it in terms of the sets of propaganda techniques that they use, with especial focus on the double-sided cards. For example, they attack one way if the so-called mainstream coverage acknowledges a possible issue, but attack from the other side of the card if the mainstream coverage doesn't see any real issue.
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$MDFC options to this video? Frankly, I'm hard pressed to imagine any constructive response to such destructive idiocy, and therefore I can't imagine a campaign I would donate to. That's part of why #MDFC would be such a good thing. Maybe YOU can think of a good response and get them to propose it, and then if enough of us agree with you, it would get funded.
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#MDFC option? I want to help support a primary challenge from the left against at least one of those morons.
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I hate spammers and the main sign of evil in Google is how much spam they support. Or maybe it's the censorship (against ME) for complaining too much about spam?

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