Cognitive Dissonance

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Report: Shoppers unfazed as man dies at Target

Family and friends were stunned by the loss of a West Virginia man who died while shopping on Black Friday as fellow bargain hunters reportedly walked around — and even over — the man’s body.

Family members told WSAZ-TV that 61-year-old Walter Vance of Logan County, W. Va., had become ill and collapsed while shopping for Christmas decorations inside Target in South Charleston. He later died after being taken to the hospital, family said.

Witnesses told the NBC News affiliate in Charleston, W. Wa., that shoppers walked around and even over Vance’s body.

"Where is the good Samaritan side of people?’ Vance’s co-worker and friend Sue Compton told WSAZ. "How could you not notice someone was in trouble? I just don’t understand if people didn’t help what their reason was, other than greed because of a sale."

The bystander effect taken to the extreme or a serious lack of compassion? I’m afraid to know the answer because either choice is disturbing. I could understand not initially noticing someone collapsing in a massive crowd - but having to step over his unconscious body to reach a bargain? That’s a new level of dispassionate. Or is it? Is this what we’ve become? Mindless consuming automatons? 

Ouch. My soul.

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Compassionate Conservatism and Obesity

The story:

The comment:

Mac is a frequent contributor. This is one his nicest statements, and I wish I were joking.

My reaction:

I just can’t deal with this anymore. Heard of a food desert? Here’s a quick summary. I live in one of these. To get to the nearest grocery store (a Safeway), it’s a 4.4 mile walk there and back along a highway. To avoid the highway (mostly), it’s 6.4 miles there and back. So you’re looking at a significant trip of at least an hour each way without a car. If you have kids, forget it. There’s over a 1,000 people in my census tract that are classified as living in a food desert.

For me, if I can’t get to the store, there’s a McDonald’s and two gas stations within a 7 minute walk. That’s all I can say here.

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Conservatives are fond of telling us what a wonderful, happy, prosperous nation this is. The only thing that matches their love of country is the remarkable indifference they show toward the people who live in it.

Dr. Michael Parenti, author of Dirty Truths

In 1996, he made a rather concise observation which still rings painfully true today. A few examples of compassionate conservatism:

"Is the government now creating hobos?” — Rep. Dan Heller (R-Nevada)

"You know, we should not be giving cash to people who basically are just going to blow it on drugs and not take care of their own children.” — Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

"We shouldn’t turn the safety net into a hammock. It should actually be a safety net.” — Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

"Continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work.” — Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona)

"You know, there is an argument to be made that these extensions of unemployment benefits keep people from going and finding jobs. In fact there are some studies that have been done that show people stay on unemployment compensation and they don’t look for a job until two or three weeks before they know the benefits are going to run out.” — Former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas)

"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans [after Hurricane Katrina]. We couldn’t do it, but God did.” — Former Rep. Richard H. Baker (R-Louisiana)

"You gotta look people in the eye and tell ‘em they’re irresponsible and lazy… Because that’s what poverty is, ladies and gentlemen. In this country, you can succeed if you get educated and work hard. Period. Period.” — FOX News host Bill O’Reilly

"You know, people are poor in America not because they lack money. They’re poor because they lack values, morals and ethics. And if government can’t teach and instill that, we’re wasting our time simply giving poor people money.” — Radio personality Bill Cunningham


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Syrian men promise to marry women who were raped - The Washington Post




To reclaim their “honor,” families in Syria have been known to kill raped female members. Even if families allow such women to live, they are not eligible to marry.

“We sat and discussed that we want to change this. We don’t want to change just the regime in Syria, but also this kind of stuff. So we will marry them in front of everyone,” said Ibrahim Kayyis, a 32-year-old baker from Jisr al-Shugour.


This is what you call stepping the fuck up, bros.

I hope they uh, cleared this with the women, though, before going public.

Agreed on both counts.

If the whole clearing with the women thing happens, wow. That’s heartbreaking and hopeful. Compassion - you’re doing it right.

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