May 21st. Apocalypse now. The rapture has come and gone. At least that’s the story as told by the latest Christian end-times believers who think that the world is coming to an end—oh, a few days ago. People quit jobs, spent their savings, said goodbye to friends and family—all with the firm belief that last exit to heaven was actually here. One couple in Florida spent their life savings, because why would they need it after May 21st? Yes, it’s crazy. Yes, it’s sad. Yes, this seems to happen about once every five years. Yes, it’s hard to believe in a modern age that this kind of thinking can still flourish to such a degree.
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Predatory fines driven by budget-minded municipalities, often mismanaged and cash-strapped, needs more attention. #Oakland https://t.co/Ls7ZiLdPi1
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Abuse of fines by cities (all because of mismanagement for funds) is a horrible, often untold story.
Amazing, infuriating story by @cjciaramella on how Chicago impounds the cars of innocent people for years, burying them in fines and debt, as part of the city's way of trying to fix its budget problems: https://t.co/ASTzbon8cm
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True, and doesn't have to be a ruse. Just look at the how convinced many smart people are by the "saturated fat if perfectly healthy' crowd. Not good science but, fits preconceptions.
Smart, skeptical people are often surprisingly susceptible to being conned if a ruse is tailored to their prejudices.
Carter Phipps is an author, journalist, speaker, leader, and consultant. His work has focused on understanding the nature of both individual and cultural development. With his writings, dialogues, an interviews, he has been a contributor to the emerging “integral” or “evolutionary” cultural movement which combines the insights of Integral Philosophy, evolutionary science, developmental psychology, and the social sciences. He is the co-founder of the Institute for Cultural Evolution, a non-profit social policy institute, whose mission is to bring new insights on the evolution of culture to the arena of politics and social policy.