Ha! Ha! Fox News is Stupid!
Semantics versus Assimilation
I have a tactic I employ when I know that the person I’m speaking with has greater motivation to make me look like an Idiot than they do to Verify their side of an Argument.
I Overstate my side of the Argument.
In other words, If they believe the correct answer is ‘1’ and I know the correct answer is ‘4’, I will state the correct answer is ’10’.
Had I stated it was ‘4’ to begin with the opportunity to make me look stupid just isn’t big enough. And the person who erroneously believes the answer to be ‘1’ stick with ‘their version of the facts’ with no incentive to verify them. They simply dismiss me as the ignorant jerk they ‘know’ me to be.
However, when I state the correct answer as ’10’… Whoa! Now there’s motivation! They think to themselves, self, can you imagine just how stupid Mike is going to feel when I show him how Wrong his is!? It’ll be Awesome!
And, when they independently venture out on their quest to Make Mike feel like an Idiot they find out the actual answer is ‘4’… not ‘1’.
What’s interesting about this is initially the person will bring it to my attention because I was STILL WRONG!
After a few times of this however, they stop bringing it to my attention.
Whether they figure out I do it on purpose, or that my Ego is not damaged catastrophically by my being wrong, it doesn’t matter. They learned something on their own and start doing a bit more investigation before wedding themselves to ‘facts’ provided to them from whatever comedy show they prefer to get their ‘facts’ from.
The above brings us to Ha! Ha! Fox News is Stupid!
As a point of clarification, Fox News IS Stupid. And so are all the other News Networks. Some intentionally like NBC when they altered the George Zimmerman 911 call and some unintentionally like MSNBC all the time.
So here’s the the point; Fox News had a contributor on air who stated that France has what are called ‘No Go Zones” where non-muslims are unwelcome and the police do not want to go. The Fox News Haters picked this up for several reasons.
1. They think they have caught Fox News in a Lie they convince themselves Fox News exists to tell. (Keep in mind how I started this post.)
2. France has No Officially Sanctioned ‘No Go Zones’. (True. Nor does any other country to my knowledge. But that’s not what was said.)
3. Fox News folks went as far as pointing on maps where these supposed ‘No Go Zones’ are in France. (They were wrong for the most part.)
The interwebs liberal faction turned this into “Fox said there are No Go Zones where no non-muslims live and the police ‘will NOT go’.”
Now the Gotcha Crowd smells blood and has demanded, and received, apologies from Fox News regarding the ‘misrepresentations’.
But hold on a second! Here’s the part which should be interesting to watch.
‘No Go Zones’ in fact do exist in France. (They also exist in other countries…)
The French call them ZUS or “Sensitive Urban Zones” (Zones Urbaines Sensible) They were established in 1996. And this concern over areas throughout Europe which have reduced police presence and ‘alternative’ law has been a discussion for at least that long.
These are areas that have a high percentage of individuals with values that are ‘slightly different’ from the general population of France.
And they’re Real.
And they have a propensity to be very dangerous.
And the French Police have different criteria for which to determine intervention.
And depending on the day… you may not feel welcome. (For those of you semantically challenged that means “unwelcome”.)
And it may not just be a day, it could be a season… like “Strike Season” which occurs in the fall and had become the traditional period in which everyone who thinks they have something to gain goes on strike. Even the Homeless… I kid you not.
So keep an eye out for this story not to go away.
The Faux News hunters see too much to gain. I hope they keep up the hunt.
No Go Zones may have been overstated, intentionally or not, but the story is true and now has the very people who would not want to discuss it doing the chasing.
The moral of the ZUS areas is one of Assimilation, Something the French, Liberal Leftists and Minority Groups have been telling us is Discrimination.
Now the French are reaping rewards for their Progressive Policies of not expecting immigrants to assimilate.
I particularly enjoy the http://www.snopes.com post regarding the No Go Zones. Snopes declares the No Go Zone rumor to be FALSE. But it gets fun if you read through the entire explanation. After you move through the FOX News is Stupid paragraphs you find that it is really… kinda… true… Dang it! But they cover for that with some more FOX News is Stupid paragraphs. I suggest checking it out: Here.
Miss the Point
I just finished listening to an exchange between San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and Adam Carrola. I also followed the thread of comments at various sites. What I’ve observed is a clear effort by those who do not want to address the truth of Mr. Carrola’s comments to intentionally Miss the Point. So I would like to offer a number of ways that you too can Miss the Point on Purpose, this way when you are confronted by… how shall I say it… an uncomfortable truth, you can focus on everything other than the distasteful reality. (It’s an interesting conversation regarding minorities and socio-economic strata. But That’s the Point! And We need to Miss it! Moving on…)
How to Miss the Point:
1. Be Offended. Always.
A. Focus on the coarseness of the language. Oh, Bad Words burn my ears… I just wish we could be nicer… etc.
B. Take individual words or segments of a statement from the speaker you disagree with, put it in quotes, and claim it to be racist.
C. Simply claim it to be racist without taking any of the speech into consideration knowing most people will not read it.
2. Accuse the Speaker of being filled with Hate.
A. Accuse the speaker of saying things in the past which were hateful… as defined by you. It doesn’t matter if it’s true since you are the one who gets to decide if it’s “mean”.
B. Illustrate their “Hate” by pointing out they are; male, republican, conservative, don’t like the President etc. It will play to those who don’t really want to read the exchange but just want to “know” they are right in all things. You can also call them names like “Fascist” or “NAZI” because your friends will not know what those words actually represent… Works all the time.
C. Take a statement the speaker you disagree with actually said then re-phrase it and accuse them Hate for “not” addressing it. I find this a spectacular tactic which should be used just in case the reader of your comment does decide to review the exchange you are trying to get them not to read. It will leave them confused. Perfect.
3. Make Sh*t Up or MSU.
A. You can make up anything and accuse the speaker you dislike of saying it in “the past”. Certainly those who also dislike the speaker will not go try to find the incendiary quotes you made up… they’ll just believe you. And if your lucky they’ll work for organizations like Hand Gun Inc. and repeat them as fact then cite your statement in the footnotes of their articles. This isn’t limited to HGI but they’re famous for writing their own MSU articles then waiting a few months (seasoning) so they can quote them as fact in newer MSU articles.
B. You can also be the repeater of such MSU statements. This is really easy and replaces all of that bothersome time thinking for yourself. Just go to your favorite website which supports all the things you believe you think and pick out the “best” slams on the person you disagree with then repost them as your own. Copy and Paste works well here.
C. Finally you can do all of the above with greater frequency if you make up a number fo different “identities” and employ slight changes in your writing style. You can literally be 15+ people with the exact same views regarding the truth you dislike.
So get out there and Miss the Point!
Substantive discussions of material fact and demonstrable truth is way over-rated. Apparently most of the people out there don’t really want to make an effort anyway. You’ll be a hit. And you can protect yourself and your friends from the Ugly Truth and the feeling of dissonance associate with it.
You’ll be even better at it after a few glasses of Mangria.
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