We'll happily substitute a
quality certificate of your choice: boob, butt, chump, dolt, dupe, easy
mark, fall guy,
fool, gull, jamoke, mark, naif, patsy, pigeon, pushover, rube, sap, stooge, or "useful idiot."
Please open these doors; it may blind you! Door 1. Door 2.
"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make
you commit atrocities [injustices]."
Voltaire  : (
"He that knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool -- shun him. He that knows not and knows that he knows not is simple -- teach him.
He that knows and knows not that he knows is asleep -- wake him. He that knows and knows that he knows is wise -- follow him." Anonymous
The Cadet Prayer
"...Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life.
Make us choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong,
And never to contend with a half truth when the whole can be won."
The "messenger" just "passing along"
a mixture of poison and beer is still passing along poison!
Think the FDA will let this "just a distributor" stay in business for long?
Think the uncaring, willfully ignorant host serving discerning guests a mixture of dinner and dung will be fondly remembered? : ) : ( : )
Question -- In a conversation between a wise man and a fool, who learns the most? : )
"The Sucker's Saying: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on...me?!"
"Here, take a lick (and a licking)!"
Born yesterday? Just fell off the
turnip truck? Do we have a
certificate for you!
Alternative facts courtesy of Faux News, Inc., Liars' Clubs International, and SHAME ASS (SHoot first AiM Eventually ASSociation)
For more fun, check out The Book of Boo!
widen your information sources (check out the “blind men’s” proverbial elephant
from different angles) and hold your wallets tight (except for deserving
charities, of course)! : )
"Credibility, credibility...a terrible thing to lose!"
"Character is what you are in the dark." – Dwight L. Moody
“You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” ― Abraham Lincoln (~ attributed)
“'A man who will steal for me will steal
from me.' Theodore Roosevelt, dismissing on the spot one of his best cowhands
who was about to claim for his boss an unmarked animal.” – David G.
Same may be said for lying and cheating...?
Emperor's New Clothes Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
My what big teeth you have, Grandma Pied Piper Big Hat
Three-card Monte Pyramid Scheme
Bait and Switch Dumb Money Stupid Is As Stupid Does Smoke and Mirrors
Bernie Madoff: Trust Me! Deal with the Devil: Sell your soul
Willful Ignorance: Head in Sand Snake Oil Salesman Bread and Circuses Frog in Pot (incremental heat brings no reaction)
As Sheep to the Slaughter Fool's Gold Wooden Nickel Pinocchio
Sold a bill of goods Wizard of Oz: Look behind single-channel magic/propaganda; get second opinions/perspectives Fox guarding henhouse
Incite Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt Hype! Look, watch the Red Herring! You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!
Wild Goose Chase Lie with Statistics Mushroom Management
Excuses Fly by Night Take It With A Grain of Salt
"Repent, the end is near" ─ the 2% who never get the word! Fool's Errand Snipe Hunting Holding the Bag
Scorpion and Frog Fable — "Sorry, it's in my nature!" "Sorry, Sucker!" Bend the Truth
Cross fingers Gullible Gus Beauty is not truth! Hidden Agenda Misinformation / Disinformation Central
Alternate Parallel; Universe Reality Bizarro's World
Conspiracy Theory Delusion
Separate Channel; Reality-distortion Field
Snow White, the Evil Queen, and the Poisoned Apple:
"And because you’ve been so good to poor old granny, I’ll share a secret with you. This is no ordinary apple, it’s a magic wishing apple. One bite and all your dreams come true. Now make a wish and take a bite!"
For a thrilling experience, rent one of our "Blind-leading-blind" self-guided tours!!
"There are none so blind as those who will not see!"?
Emperor's New Clothes, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma Wolf, Pied Piper, Three Card Monte, Pyramid Schemes, Tulipmania, Bait and Switch Sell Soul
Sucker Born Every Minute
Video of How They Make
6 Thousand Dum-Dum (real name!) Suckers Every Minute
How to Spot a Liar Know your history: Charles Ponzi Don't Be a Sucker (video) Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit
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Need fancy words to call/impress your leader and/or
information source (if not a fellow dupe)? Check these out 4 4ee:
Bamboozler, bluff, BS artist, charlatan, cheat, chiseler, con artist, con man, confidence man (confident enough to gain your confidence), conniver, counterfeiter, cozener,
crook, deceiver, decoy, defauder, deluder, dissembler, dissimulator, distorter, dodger, double-crosser, double-dealer, double-talker, double talker, enticer, equivocator, fabler,
fabricator, fabulist, false witness, falsifier, faker, fibber, flimflam man, fraud, grifter, happy-talker, hoaxer, hoodwinker, hypocrite, imposter, inveigler, jockey, knave, liar, maligner,
masquerader, misleader, mountebank, quack, perjurer, pettifogger, phony, pretender, prevaricator, promoter, propagandist, quack, quibbler, rascal, rip-off artist, rogue,
scammer, sham, shark, sharper, shyster, spin-meister, sophist, storyteller, swindler, trickster, (phrases: dishonest and/or dumb; liar and/or loony).
Note: If your leader and/or information source somehow questions your praise, just tell them you were joking, being sarcastic, misquoted, or never said it.
Best if you randomly alternate these replies to avoid further problems!
Other words for lie, or sort of: cavil, con, dodge,
elude, equivocate, escape, eschew, evade, falsify, fence, fib, flip-flop,
jive, palter, parry, prevaricate, pussyfoot, quibble, shuck, shuffle, sidestep, stonewall, tergiversate, waffle, beat around the bush,
beg the question, blow hot and cold, cloud the issue, cop a plea, cop out, cover up, double-talk, give run around, hem and haw, mince words,
pass the buck, run around, sit on the fence, tell white lie, tergiverse, weasel
NB: Scamming the Scammers?
4YI: If you’re not familiar with James Veitch, check these out:
Agony of Trying to Unsubscribe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dceyy0cX6J4
More Adventures (hilarious): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4Uc-cztsJo
Terrible Roommate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5d8pVg3Qtg
Wrong Number (also hilarious): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beb8zCGMsbI
Others among many: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3MAv5LuMfU
The secret of magic? Misdirection! Oh, wow, look over there!!!!!
US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit: "Victims of con artists often sing the praises of their victimizers until the moment they realize they have been fleeced."
“No lie is too obvious for the people to believe if it accommodates their secret wish to believe it.” — Christa Wolf
The curse of "dumb money" (often-inherited) falling prey to a con artist: If you're so rich, why ain't you smart? : ) : ( : )
"Con artists are experts at sizing people up, figuring out what they want, and selling it to them." — Maria Konnikova (The Confidence Game)
"The longer you believe in the con, the harder it is to admit
you’ve been scammed. ... It should be noted that anyone can fall for
a scam. It’s not about who you are or how smart you are, but where you are in
your life. People who are already down—in debt, for instance, or recently
laid-off—are more vulnerable because they’re eager for quick solutions. On a
larger scale, this means con artists thrive during times of social, political,
and economic upheaval, when societies are in periods of tremendous change and
people are desperate for someone to set things right—someone who affirms their
beliefs about the world and themselves. ... Many frauds occur in a
one-on-one relationship in which con artists develop a personal rapport with
their victims, but there’s a dark history of charismatic leaders conning the
masses too. They all employ essentially similar techniques, says David Modic, a
senior researcher on the psychology of deception at King’s College, Cambridge:
They figure out what most people want and promise it to them, but vaguely, so
everyone thinks they’re getting what they want. When Slobodan Milosevic, the
former president of Serbia, held large rallies, he famously responded to the
screaming masses, “I cannot hear you very well, but I want to give you what you
“As soon as you hold a position, you divide people into those who agree and those who don’t,” Modic explains. ... The con game isn’t a one-way street. It depends on the willing participation of the person being conned—what Kodic refers to as “victim facilitation.” Con victims are almost always complicit in their own deception. They want to believe in the scam. That’s the true secret of the trade, as Konnikova notes: The victims do most of the work." ... In psychology, it’s called the endowment effect. As Konnikova explains it: “By virtue of being ours, our actions, thoughts, possessions, and beliefs acquire a glow they didn’t have before we committed to them.” ... Often, as a con progresses, the victims are repeatedly asked to commit: to re-invest, to raise the stakes, to reassert their beliefs." — Elizabeth Winkler
Will a con artist, shill [paid social influencer], or someone who seeks willful ignorance ever admit to what they're up to, even with your best evidence? Don't hold your breath!
"Don't fall for the okeydoke (aka okie-doke; okey doke; okie dokie; misleading agreement to get one to lower one's guard)." If you don't see it, don't believe it!
People who lack knowledge frequently lack the knowledge to realize they lack the
) : ( : )
4YI, a couple questions have been popping up lately, but mostly, “Why do people persist in believing in something when all evidence would speak to the contrary?”
This is surely the case with the “Emperor’s New Clothes.” More likely than not, over the years with each reality confrontation contradicting their world belief, they did not “check their premises,”
as Ayn Rand (not that she was perfect or a living embodiment of her own advice) would have recommended. “Check your premises” follows along per Aristotle’s law of identity (A = A ≠ B)
that insists that contradictions in the real universe don’t/can’t exist. So what happens? Year after year, such people aiming for near-term gain add to their shell of rationalizations to which
no light or bit of reality can apparently change. Each year of denial solidifies the concrete in which they’ve encased themselves. While killing innocents in Cambodia’s Killing fields,
the mantra went up of “They’re just chickens!” Cheating people? Oh, it’s their fault that they trusted me. They’re born losers and suckers! And as one person said, “Ef ‘em and forget em!”
So nothing, yes absolutely nothing, will change such people’s minds. If they persistently try to convince you of the rightness of their cause in the overwhelming absence of any honest proof,
you are truly wasting your time arguing with a zombie. Step away with a friendly smile and move on, not looking back, as Lot did with his lost wife.
OTOH, you might leave them with a “sucker certificate”: : ) : ( : )
Watch out for all attacks on the truth! Stay away/safe/well/sane!
Note (a very charitable alternative explanation): "Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms or supports one's prior beliefs or values. It is an important type of cognitive bias that has a significant effect on the proper functioning of society by distorting evidence-based decision-making. People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. For example, a person may cherry-pick empirical data that supports one's belief, ignoring the remainder of the data that is not supportive. People also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position. The effect is strongest for desired outcomes, for emotionally charged issues, and for deeply entrenched beliefs." From Wikipedia
Hitler's and Goebbel's use of the Big Lie
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