Feds Creating ‘Nudge Squad’ To Manipulate Your Behavior

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Propaganda Alert. How do you feel about the government manipulating you into the behavior they desire?

Think you know how others should run their lives better than they do? Fancy yourself one of the intellectual elite tasked with molding the world into your own image? Love lording power over people?

You can serve on a federal “nudge squad!”

According to a document obtained by FoxNews.com, the federal government has positions open in a newly created “Behavioral Insights Team.” These behavioral scientists will work with a large array of federal agencies molding public policy to help “nudge” Americans toward government-approved behaviors.

“Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals,” according to the feds.

Essentially, the team will study ways to manipulate Americans into buying into prescribed federal behaviors, such as paying taxes on time, adopting energy efficiency measures and eating the “right foods. The document lists several examples of U.S. and international policy initiatives already benefiting from the implementation of behavioral insights.

Increasing adoption of energy efficient measures: Offering an attic-clearance service (at full cost) to people led to a five-fold increase in their subsequent adoption of attic-insulation. Interestingly, providing additional government subsidies on attic insulation services had no such effect.

Former Obama regulatory czar  Cass Sunstein and Chicago Booth School of Business professor Richard Thaler coined the term “nudge” in a book by that title back in 2008. The duo “offers a new perspective on preventing the countless mistakes we make—ill-advised personal investments, consumption of unhealthy foods, neglect of our natural resources—and show us how sensible ‘choice architecture’ can successfully nudge people toward the best decisions.”

Thaler can’t imagine why anybody would oppose this idea.

“I don’t know who those people are who would not want such a program, but they must either be misinformed or misguided,” he told Fox News. “The goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government by using scientifically collected evidence to inform policy designs.”

But notice the inherent assumption: federal policy is absolutely, without question, flawless! Once the central planners in D.C. determine how you should live your life,  it only remains to design policy that will “nudge” you in that direction! Next step: utopia!

Big Brother knows best and he WILL get you to do what he wants – and you’ll like it! The document says the team will “help people to achieve their goals.” But in reality, it means the team will help us adopt goals approved by the federal government, and then will subtly manipulate us into playing along.

All for our own good, of course.

How wonderfully Orwellian! What could go wrong?

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A government document has surfaced, detailing the program and urging people to apply for positions on the team. It reads, “Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals.”

Maya Shankar initially released the document. She is a White House adviser and made the document public in an effort to try and generate interest in applying for the team.

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Poll: 34% of Americans Say First Amendment Too Extreme

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Too extreme? Amazing!

A recent national poll shows that 34% of Americans believe the First Amendment “goes too far in the rights it guarantees.”

Credit: dbking courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Credit: dbking courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, based at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, conducted the national survey of 1,006 American adults in May.

That belief is up 13% compared to the results of the same survey conducted last year, the largest single-year increase since the center started the annual surveys in 1997.

“It’s unsettling to see a third of Americans view the First Amendment as providing too much liberty,” said First Amendment Center President Ken Paulson in a press release. “This underscores the need for more First Amendment education.”

“If we truly understand the essential role of these freedoms in a democracy, we’re more likely to protect them.”

For reference, the text of the First Amendment reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The survey also asked respondents other related questions:

– When asked to name the five specific rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, only the freedom of speech was named by the majority of the respondents at 59%. Less than a quarter of the respondents, 24%, named freedom of religion. 14% recalled the freedom of the press and 11% remembered the freedom of peaceful assembly. Only 4% knew of their guaranteed freedom to petition the government.

– 36% of respondents could not name any of the five specific rights listed in the First Amendment.

– 31% agreed that musicians should not be allowed to sing songs with lyrics that might offend others.

– 44% favor court orders requiring journalists to give up their news sources.

– 80% agreed that the news media act as an independent “watch dog” over government on behalf of the people.

“Americans remain generally supportive of First Amendment freedoms,” said Newseum Institute CEO Gene Policinski in a press release. “But the inability of most to even name the freedoms, combined with the increase of those who think the freedoms go too far, shows how quickly that support can erode.”

“As a nation, we must better prepare our fellow and future citizens for the hard decision of defending core freedoms against those who would damage or limit them by violence or by law.”

Unfortunately our core freedoms are already under attack.

» Poll: 34% of Americans Say First Amendment Too Extreme

A Personal Thought

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I just got off the phone with Congressman Stephen Finchers office. Allow me a moment to rant. Stephen Fincher may be a lot of things, but what he’s been labeled in a blog called the Wonkette is totally ridiculous – almost as ridiculous as the screen name “Doktor Zoom” that he hides behind. I almost put the link up, but I’m not going to get into an argument with a fool, they generally drag you down to their level.  Not only is Stephen Fincher my congressman,  I don’t always agree with his opinions, heck he may even strain me when I get ready to vote. He can tell you that himself, he’s sit through several with me screaming at him, but I have to say he always listens. One thing you cannot challenge is that he is a Christian, he thinks and acts like one, and it’s really hard to do in the cesspool that he’s in. I hear what a lot of people don’t get a chance to hear, sometimes on, sometimes off the record.

This idiot has an opinion. It’s wrong. He claims there’s proof. Really? Anything can be spun. No matter what happens in Washington, I believe that Stephen believes that he is representing the best interests of his constituents. He stands up for his values, he doesn’t always choose what I think he should, but maybe we should call and encourage sometime instead of throwing trash that he doesn’t deserve.

Argue with his politics, I do. Argue that he isn’t conservative or libertarian enough to suit you. That’s fine, but unless  you know what you’re talking about, I’d stay away from personal attacks unless you know the man.

I do, I will vouch for him on that front. He is a fine upstanding man who is in an almost unimaginable hell. Our country needs more Stephen Finchers. Not because we agree on everything, but we agree that he is trying to do right because of his values and his love for the country.

Sure, make your juicy headline. Just make sure you know what you’re talking about.

Steve

Middle East a “Bump In The Road”?

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Well, if insulting Israel wasn’t enough, now Obama chooses to insult the intelligence of the US citizenry and call what’s happened in the Middle East and North Africa a “bump in the road”. Really? Murder is a bump in the road? From the Mail online…

President Barack Obama referred to recent events in the Middle East, including violent attacks on embassies and the terrorist murder of a US ambassador and three other Americans, as ‘bumps in the road’.

The comment came in Obama’s CBS ’60 Minutes’ interview that aired on Sunday night. 

Steve Kroft, the interviewer, asked: ‘Have the events that took place in the Middle East, the recent events in the Middle East given you any pause about your support for the governments that have come to power following the Arab Spring?

Obama responded: ‘Well, I’d said even at the time that this is going to be a rocky path. The question presumes that somehow we could have stopped this wave of change. 

 

 
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Bumps in the road: The President said the killing of ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya was some of the ‘bumps in the road’ along the ‘rocky path’ to Middle Eastern peace

 

 

 

 
asdasdfTerror attack: It took the White House some days to admit the sacking of the consulate in Benghazi was pre-planned

 

 

‘I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy, universal rights — a notion that people have to be able to participate in their own governance. 

‘But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because, you know, in a lot of these places, the one organizing principle has been Islam.’  

Ambassador Chris Stevens died of apparent asphyxiation at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi after an attack launched under the cover of a demonstration against a crude, low-budget anti-Islam movie mad ein California.

Sean Smith, another diplomat, and former U.S. Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were also killed.

Republicans leapt on Obama’s ‘bumps in the road’ comment. Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W. Bush said on Twitter: ‘I guess when u win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing “an attack that kills an Ambassador is just a ‘bump in the road.’

 

 
asdasfasdfCriticism: Obama faced anger from those who saw his ‘bumps in the road’ comment as too dismissive

 

 

The Obama administration initially insisted the attack was a spontaneous result of anger about the movie and had nothing to do with al-Qaeda or U.S. policy in the region.

After the head of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Centre told Congress the attack was terrorism, Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney then stated: ‘It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.

‘Our embassy was attacked violently and the result was four deaths of American officials.’

On the same day as the five-hour Benghazi consulate attack, in which RPGs and mortars were used, the U.S. embassy in Cairo was targeted by a mob that tore down the American flag and replaced it with a black Islamic flag.

There were also attacks on U.S. missions in Tunis, Sana’a, Khartoum and Islamabad.

Stevens, the first U.S. ambassador to be murdered since 1979, was a fluent Arabic and French speaker widely viewed as one of the greatest American diplomatic assets in the region. 

A diary written by Stevens and obtained by CNN after being found in the wreckage of the Benghazi consulate revealed that he had been concerned about security threats in the city and a rise in Islamic extremism.

A White House official firmly rejecetd this, telling ABC News: ‘It’s just not true that he was characterising the attack in Benghazi – the question doesn’t even make mention of it. He’s speaking about broad trends.’

Some Democrats Want to Ban Profits

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This is unbelieveable for anyone to say they would like to see happen or pass a law to stop.

If the Seals had failed, It Would Have Been Bad for Obama? Really?

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Sorry, this one makes me really angry. I know the Vaughns. They are childhood friends of mine. Aaron’s Dad and I grew up in the same community. This not just makes me angry, it makes me sick on top of it. That’s all I’ll say before I do lose my cool. Yeah, you need to vote for this man, this party…who cares nothing about the people who help them get there….

 

2 Hours of Jumah Prayers…but the Catholics Aren’t Welcome at the DNC

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The Archbishop of New York isn’t welcome, but Muslim prayers will permeate the DNC. Even though Fox News is carrying this to show fairness, I’m not sure I can stomach watching it. Do they think the Muslim vote is going to carry them over the top? From renewamerica.com:

Obama and Islam are taking over America–just as planned

 

By Laurie Roth

The headlines are building about the DNC Convention. Islam is all over it. Family Security Matters says that they are expecting over 20,000 Muslims to attend. The convention has announced there will be “Jumah” prayers for two hours before the convention. We are told the “purpose” for this event is to address the issues faced by the Muslim-Americans. Poor Muslims…we make it hard sometimes for them to shred our Constitution, blow up buildings and people. Usually we make it easy.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch said as bad as it is to have “Jumah at the DNC,” it is dramatically worse than the hosting of radical Islamic supremacists and jihad groups there. While all the radicals are scheduled to be everywhere, praying, speaking, and doing their Sharia moments, the Catholics and Christian folks apparently aren’t welcome. Cardinal Dolan, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops, was denied his request to say a simple blessing prayer at the national convention.

Can you say “Catholic and Christian insult” AGAIN?

Elsewhere in the news this week, we were reminded that our Commander-in-Chief and top brass are essentially neutering and dismantling our military in Afghanistan. They are being told to completely submit to Sharia. Frank Gaffney, Jr., has a great article on this, referencing the increase in “green-on-blue” attacks from Muslim natives on our troops. We are told these attacks are linked to the anger that locals feel regarding our soldiers apparently breaching some form of Sharia.

Recently Marine General John Allen attributed the “green-on-blue” attacks to summer heat, fast pace of missions, and hunger due to the Ramadan fast. What is the answer??? Our soldiers are told to have closer relationships with the locals and observe Sharia law. That will make them more secure and solve the problem…

No more working on the wrong day, saying the wrong thing, defending the wrong person, supporting a human right and perhaps a woman…on and on. Anyway, shut up, military, submit to Shariah, ignore your own moral common sense and sense of right and wrong. Above all, get good and close to the locals so they can continue to attack and kill you with ease. Have we lost our entire mind!!!???

There is no reason at all in my view to keep our troops anywhere in Afghanistan or Iraq if leadership from Obama on down is planning to insert Sharia submission and danger into our U.S. military and her operations. We might as well shoot our troops in the head. Making our troops EVER submit to the unethical, evil, and dangerous Sharia law is absurd and wrong on every level.

Sharia law and its use anywhere in America with any court, our military, and in all 57 Muslim-controlled countries IS the problem. It is couched as the Islamic legal system, reflecting the heart and soul of Muhammad and the Koran. It certainly does reflect the heart and soul of Muhammad and the Koran. It preaches, promotes, and facilitates the whipping, stoning, beating, raping, and abusing of Muslim wives, crucifixion of gays, dismembering of limbs, and overwhelming controls and oppression.

The belief of most Islamic leadership, Imams/Clerics, Sharia law, and the heart of the Caliphate is total takeover. Aggressive control and infiltration of Islam have been in the works since the 1920’s with Muslim Brotherhood. They have taught and pushed for Jihad and a world controlled by Islam.

Their takeover plan was matched by the radical and funded Whahabbi sect of Saudi Arabia. You know…the Saudis we have always kissed up to and looked the other way with because of our use of their oil??? Then, there was the longstanding relationship of the Bush family with the Saudi royals.

The Saudis have funded Islamic centers, mosques, schools, and colleges all over America and the world. The goal is simple and clear. Infiltrate and push Islam everywhere…cry rights issues and Islamaphobia, while getting Muslims elected to office to change laws from the top down. Only then can their beloved Sharia law supercede our Constitution. They are right on track.

Back to our DNC convention, denial of a Catholic cardinal for a prayer, 20,000 Muslims showing up for 2 hours of prayer, and radical Muslim leadership everywhere.

Obama has bowed down to Saudi royalty, said we were the largest Muslim nation on earth, denied we were a Christian nation, given nearly a billion to Hamas, spat on Israel repeatedly, and gone to war with the Catholic Church. What is your conclusion, folks?

It is vividly clear to me. President Obama is nothing but an Islamic pawn, backed by the International New World Order crowd to create Muslim-controls over America. Obama is the president of the Islamic Caliphate, not the United States of America.

We MUST get Obama out of office in November and begin undoing all the damage here and abroad. Sharia should be made completely illegal in America at every level. We must also stop Muslims from being allowed into any sensitive governmental leadership position and give our military back their common sense, sovereignty, and culture. Others can submit to our troops in ways we don’t submit to them!

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