Interesting stuff, Mo!
Based on emails I have received for the past several months, we are gullible. In earlier days it was those "Forward this to everybody in your address book", with the classic hoaxes, petitions, and spoofed resources. "If it came in the email, it must be true."
Now, the "Forward......" are stiff like calls to boycott Heinz ketchup, "reliable" gossip about her and her husband, doctored photographs, and other sleaze. These are sent to me by people I have known for a long time, so I know they sincerely believe what they send, and that they are doing a public service. In addition, I think they rely on resources that support their views, and condemn those that do not.
(I sent myself a link to the site you provided, so will be clicking down the list at my leisure.)
Sort of an aside.... After I listen to a speech, then hear the "analysis", I often wonder if I heard the same speech!
As for our election, I have lived long enough to know that neither candidate can deliver what they promise in total, if at all. I know the federal, state, and local governments depend on taxes to provide services, and, if we want them, we have to pay. When the federal taxes are less, the burden falls on the state, then the local. So, we still end up paying. Throughout, families are trying to save for all of their future needs - the kid's education, major home improvements, retirement, and now it looks like medical savings.
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1) I Googled the Russian teenager with X-ray eyes.
2) I came across this site explaining how we humans react and how we can be manipulated.
1) The teenager is Natasha Demkina, who, following an operation, found that she could see into people's bodies and detect things which were amiss. Despite the faith in her by many doctors and many of her "patients", the jury is still out on a scientifically controlled basis. (A Google search will reveal all.)
2) I came across this back-down-to-earth site:
Each link takes you to a page with 2 or 3 paragraphs of research results.
As this is your election year (and ours next year), I wonder how many of the techniques noted are employed by the campainers and spin-doctors - and more particularly - how many of us fall for these?
These items identify our vulnerable areas, even without the other vulnerability: "Lies, damn lies and statistics" (Disraeli quote).
I am sure someone somewhere must have the coined the expression "Awareness is all". The nearest I can think of is "Knowledge is power", but that's not quite the same thing.
Over to you folks...