Cognitive Dissonance

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Study: Online trolls are 'everyday sadists'

An online survey by a group of Canadian researchers suggests that Internet trolls are more likely than others to show signs of sadism, psychopathy and “Machiavellianism”: a disregard for morality and tendency to manipulate or exploit others. “It was sadism, however, that had the most robust associations with trolling of any of the personality measures,” says an article by psychologists from the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and University of British Columbia. “In fact, the associations between sadism and … scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.”

Gee, I’m so shocked. /sarcasm

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Conservatives attack federal ‘penis study’ approved under Bush administration

Judson Phillips at Tea Party Nation has been on this all day. The comments are basically summarized by this comment

I’ve been espousing this for over five years; STOP PAYING YOUR TAXES. I espouse other mechanisms as well, which include armed revolt; armed with your birth certificate and a handgun, 3 million strong inside the D.C. Beltway which would be used as a parking-lot. Shut the city down, overwhelm the D.C. Police and wait for the national guard with “flowers for gun barrels”… There is a usurper in The House Of P.O.T.U.S. who does not have a real birth certificate and is using a dead-man’s S.S.A.N. He IS a muslim and he HAS run head-long up against the U.S. Constitution in every executive action he has taken. The marxists like to say that people, like me who espouse the truth, are KOOKS! Meanwhile, those Americans who WILL NOT accept the truth are like the subjects in the story, ‘THE KING HAS NEW CLOTHES’, (better known as, The King Has No Clothes!). Those Americans who cannot muster the courage to revolt, on behalf of their children’s children have doomed their offspring to a life of ENSLAVEMENT under the boot heel of MARXISM! I shall wear the mantle of kook and fight. How many of you out there have the balls to stand with me?

And yes, they cite Fox News, which left out this piece of info:

The research, titled “The Association between Penis Size and Sexual Health among Men Who Have Sex with Men,” began in 2006 and surveyed 1,065 gay men.

The point here? There is nothing that these folks will not go batshit over. Nothing. Can we just give them Kansas or something?

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Why Do White Evangelicals Reject Jesus?

In other words, conservative Evangelicals react to Jesus the same way they react to everything else: “What is in it for ME?”

Now think about it. This sort of selfish mentality also informs their reactions to things like marriage equality, because people who are only concerned with themselves tend to play victim when somebody else threatens to outdo them in quality of life, love, happiness, etc. They have so long convinced themselves that they are The Elect, and that their system of morality is the best one, so it really messes them up to consider that the rest of the population has no use for their patriarchal system, for their rigid shame-inducing lifestyle, or anything else about them, really. It’s the same mentality that has retirees on Medicare joining the anti-union pitchfork-fest in Wisconsin. That’s why it’s really not surprising that conservative, fundamentalist Christians are the most likely demographic when it comes to supporting selfish, awful policies that do nothing but hurt people.


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