Tuesday, May 23, 2017

trick to get people to change their minds

Still processing Trump arming Muslim Country. The one involved in 9/11.

Let's be fair.  The only experience he has is looking out for himself all his life. Never others. But we knew that.
Can't decide if I should join Drake's 36 million followers on Twitter.  Think I'll send it to committee.  Maybe they will know who Drake is.

“The left at its best tears down walls that shouldn’t have been there, and the right at its best stops the left from tearing down walls that should be there.”

Me: Why doesn't our phone ring anymore?

Paralegal: It rings more than it ever did, you just don't hear it.

Me:  Answer me when I ask you a question.


Ariana Grande Manchester Concert Ends in Explosion, Panic and Death


Videos on social media showed concertgoers running and screaming. The police said a suicide bomber appeared to be responsible.



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Walter M. Shaub Jr., the head of the Office of Government Ethics, in his office on Monday. The White House has challenged Mr. Shaub's authority to demand information on former lobbyists now working for the government.
White House Moves to Block Ethics Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists on Payroll


The Trump administration has disputed the authority of the top ethics watchdog to request the names of former lobbyists working in the White House or federal agencies.

Neo-Nazi Converts To Islam and Then Allegedly Murders Two Roommates for Blasphemy

by jonathanturley
downloadFor those of us who have long wondered where ISIS and other terrorist groups find people willing to commit atrocities of unspeakable brutality.  One answer appears to be white supremacists willing to trade on extremist lifestyle for another.  That is what Devon Arthurs, 18, is accused of doing when he gave up a life as a neo-Nazi and became a radical Muslim.  He then proceeded to kill two of his roommates, 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk, for blasphemy after they mocked Islam.


Advice To Pregnant Women To Avoid Alcohol Denounced As “Sexist”

by jonathanturley
Dame Sally Davies (Royal Society)
We have often discussed how controversial views or positions are often expressed in terms of discrimination as opposed to good-faith disagreements.  A case in point is found in a debate over the consumption of alcohol by pregnant women. The view of the medical profession has certainly changed where some doctors are suggesting that moderate alcohol consumption might not be harmful to a baby.  However, when Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, stated that the rule against any alcohol consumption was still advised, she was denounced as "sexist" and "alarmist."



Report: Trump Pressured the DNI and NSA Chief To Scuttle FBI Investigation

by jonathanturley
donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedThis morning's news is again filled with a new and troubling disclosure out of the Trump White House.  Various news organizations are reporting that President Donald Trump spoke to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers about the Russian investigation and asked them to publicly deny evidence of cooperation between his campaign and Russia.  I was on Morning Joe today and once again cautioning about declaring a prima facie case of obstruction (as many have done on CNN and other networks) in the absence of facts satisfying the elements for that crime.  While it is obviously something of a buzz kill, thee is still not sufficient evidence (even if these accounts are true) to support an indictment.



A philosopher’s 350-year-old trick to get people to change their minds is now backed up by psychologists

The 17th century philosopher Blaise Pascal is perhaps best known for Pascal’s Wager which, in the first formal use of decision theory, argued that believing in God is the most pragmatic decision. But it seems the French thinker also had a knack for psychology. As Brain Pickings points out, Pascal set out the most effective way to get someone to change their mind, centuries before experimental psychologists began to formally study persuasion:
When we wish to correct with advantage, and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false. He is satisfied with that, for he sees that he was not mistaken, and that he only failed to see all sides. Now, no one is offended at not seeing everything; but one does not like to be mistaken, and that perhaps arises from the fact that man naturally cannot see everything, and that naturally he cannot err in the side he looks at, since the perceptions of our senses are always true.
Pascal added:
People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.
Put simply, Pascal suggests that before disagreeing with someone, first point out the ways in which they’re right. And to effectively persuade someone to change their mind, lead them to discover a counter-point of their own accord. Arthur Markman, psychology professor at The University of Texas at Austin, says both these points hold true.

“One of the first things you have to do to give someone permission to change their mind is to lower their defenses and prevent them from digging their heels in to the position they already staked out,” he says. “If I immediately start to tell you all the ways in which you’re wrong, there’s no incentive for you to co-operate. But if I start by saying, ‘Ah yeah, you made a couple of really good points here, I think these are important issues,’ now you’re giving the other party a reason to want to co-operate as part of the exchange. And that gives you a chance to give voice your own concerns about their position in a way that allows co-operation.”
Markman also supports Pascal’s second persuasive suggestion. “If I have an idea myself, I feel I can claim ownership over that idea, as opposed to having to take your idea, which means I have to explicitly say, ‘I’m going to defer to you as the authority on this.’ Not everybody wants to do that,” he adds.

In other words, if it wasn’t enough that Pascal is recognized as a mathematician, physicist, and philosopher, it seems he was also an early psychologist.




ABA Center for Human Rights forwards law prof's assessment of illegality of arms deal to Senate

May 22, 2017, 3:42 pm CDT




Trump proposal hits Texas royalty payments

President Donald Trump is proposing a measure that would hit Texas royalty payments from oil and gas. The concept was part of Trump's budget, which was released Monday.
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Supreme Court summarily upholds caps on contributions to political parties; Gorsuch would hear case

May 22, 2017, 1:17 pm CDT

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