“In the entire history of man, no one has ever been brainwashed and realized, or believed, that he (or she) had been brainwashed,” notes David Rubin writing about “Social Engineering, Brainwashing and Hypnosis” at the NewsWithView.com website:
Inevitably all those who have been brainwashed will usually passionately defend their manipulators, claiming they have “seen the light” …or have been transformed by recently discovered scientific knowledge.… Conversion is a “gentle” word for brainwashing.
Though all Trump supporters surely aren’t racists or bigots, even a cursory examination of social media reveals that many are. Those supporting Trump tend to be white, less-educated and middle-aged and older – those who are anxious and angry because they are losing ground as the American economy changes.
Posted by Mother Jones on Thursday, May 26, 2016
Of course, it isn’t as if Trump suddenly started being a misogynist this year. He’s been in the public eye for the better part of three decades, and many of his worst comments from his earlier years make his more recent sexism seem tame by comparison. There was the time he compared women to inanimate objects, the time he implied that sexual assault in the military is inevitable (“what did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?”), the time he said that “a young and beautiful piece of ass” is all you need in life, and so on.
The point is, Trump makes sexist comments, and has done for some time.
Incestuous: “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps, I would be dating her.”
Trevor Noah on Donald Trump
Trevor Noah: Donald Trump wants to bang his daughter
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump
Do you really want such an arrogant prick in the White House?
Speaking of pricks, and Donald did…
Trump is a brand name, not a name brand
Krista Conger at Stanford News notes an experiment measuring children’s desire for a specific product:
Asked to sample two identical foods from the fast-food giant McDonald’s, children preferred the taste of the version branded with the restaurant’s familiar “Golden Arches” to one extracted from unmarked paper packaging, say researchers at the School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.…
“Kids don’t just ask for food from McDonald’s,” said Thomas Robinson, MD, director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Packard Children’s and associate professor of pediatrics and of medicine at the School of Medicine. “They actually believe that the chicken nugget they think is from McDonald’s tastes better than an identical, unbranded nugget.”
“Psychological experiments suggest that regardless of any change to the recipe, consumers will rate the [McDonald’s Signature] burgers as better,” writes Richard Shotton for BrandRepublic:
The fact that our preconceptions determine our experience of a brand is known as expectation assimilation.
One of the most authoritative experiments in this field was conducted in 2008 by Antonio Ragel, an economics professor from CalTech. He served students a range of wines and as they were sampling them he told them the price of each bottle.
While they were savouring the drinks they had to rate the appeal of each one. However, unbeknown to the students the wines, which supposedly cost $90 and $10, were exactly the same.
Despite this the participants reported they liked the more expensive wine significantly more.
In an interesting follow-up, Ragel conducted brain scans while the participants were drinking. When the higher priced wines were sampled there was much higher activity in the medial orbitofrontal cortex.
This showed that the taste differences weren’t just self-reported – people were having a genuinely different experience.
Say no to Donald as political leader
Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.
According to a New York Times article published in June 1927, a man with the name and address of Donald Trump’s father was arraigned after Klan members attacked cops in Queens, N.Y.
In an article subtitled “Klan assails policeman”, Fred Trump is named in among those taken in during a late May “battle” in which “1,000 Klansmen and 100 policemen staged a free-for-all.” At least two officers were hurt during the event, after which the Klan’s activities were denounced by the city’s Police Commissioner, Joseph A. Warren.
“The Klan not only wore gowns, but had hoods over their faces almost completely hiding their identity,” Warren was quoted as saying in the article, which goes on to identify seven men “arrested in the near-riot of the parade.” …
A 1979 article, published by Village Voice, reported on a civil rights suit that alleged that the Trumps refused to rent to black home-seekers, and quotes a rental agent who said Fred Trump instructed him not to rent to blacks and to encourage existing black tenants to leave. The case was settled in a 1975 consent degree described as “one of the most far-reaching ever negotiated,” but the Justice Department subsequently complained that continuing “racially discriminatory conduct by Trump agents has occurred with such frequency that it has created a substantial impediment to the full enjoyment of equal opportunity.”
Hillary Clinton: “Donald Trump is running a cynical campaign of hate and fear.”
“Look at my African-American over here.”
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