How Quacks and Cults Recruit Followers…

Date: November 18, 2018

01) How Quacks and Cults Recruit Followers

“Deepak Chopra, David Avocado Wolfe, Mormons, multi-level marketing schemes, and Evangelical Christians all utilize common manipulation tactics which quacks and cult leaders thrive on. These cult recruitment tactics are far simpler and more widely used than most people imagine. Even people who mean well often prey on vulnerabilities in order to convert or recruit others. MLMs like Doterra and Young Living Essential Oils are jokingly called cults by the anti-mlm community, but they really do manipulate their distributors into peddling pseudoscience in a cult-like way. Hopefully this video will help prevent you from joining a cult.

A special note to those who’ve repeatedly told me this whole series on quacks is just a guise to bash Jordan Peterson: This is part 5 of this series, and he receives no mention in 3 of the parts. Sorry to disappoint, bucko.”

Feminist Suspended For Saying “Men Are Not Women”…

Date: November 18, 2018

01) Feminist Suspended For Saying “Men Are Not Women”

I like the way Tim differentiates between the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and the principle of free speech…

…Though I reject the notion, that it “comes from god”, or any other mystical creature…

…But, Tim is correct…the concept of free speech, is a social one…it’s a social value…It’s not merely a legal matter…

…It concerns everyday people, and everyday institutions…

Some such people and institutions, are enemies of free speech.

Waking Up with Sam Harris #141 – Is #MeToo Going Too Far? (with Rebecca Traister)…

Date: November 17, 2018

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #141 – Is #MeToo Going Too Far? (with Rebecca Traister)

“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rebecca Traister about her new book Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger.

Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Glamour and Marie Claire. She is the author of All the Single Ladies and the award-winning Big Girls Don’t Cry.

Dueling Surveys: What Thanksgiving Side Dish Are You?…


Date: November 17, 2018

01) What Thanksgiving Side Dish Are You? – BuzzFeed

02) Which Thanksgiving Side Dish Are You? – Brainfall


“Congratulations! You’re cranberry sauce. You bring a much-needed dose of sweetness and flavor to the party. You’re also far-and-away the easiest side dish to prepare, so thanks for making our lives better.”


“Your personality is light and pleasant on the surface, but there’s still a certain depth to your character.”

I do love both cranberry sauce and stuffing…I’m satisfied, being these two different side dishes.

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Waking Up with Sam Harris – The TED Interview…

Date: November 16, 2018

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris – The TED Interview

“Sam talks to the head of TED, Chris Anderson, about using reason to build our morality. Sam makes the case that reason can indeed answer moral questions, and then explores the many controversies that emerge from that claim. Moral superiority? Cultural superiority? Moral progress? Chris and Sam dig in to discuss the right ways to think about defining right from wrong, and reason’s role in it all.

This is an episode of the TED Interview, a new podcast from TED . It’s available wherever you get your podcasts.”

New tool developed to tackle online child grooming…


Date: November 16, 2018

01) New tool developed to tackle online child grooming

“Home Secretary Sajid Javid has hailed a new anti-grooming tool as an important weapon in the fight against online child sexual exploitation.

Engineers from some of the world’s biggest tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Snap and Twitter, worked for 2 days at a hackathon in the United States co-hosted by the Home Secretary and Microsoft, which tasked industry e xperts to come up with tools to identify online child grooming.

A prototype tool has been developed that can be used to automatically flag potential conversations taking place between child groomers and children.

Hackathon participants analysed tens of thousands of conversations to understand patterns used by predators. This enabled engineers to develop technology to automatically and accurately detect these patterns.

Potential conversations between a groomer and their victim will be flagged so a moderator can investigate further.”

…..TAP-Net Website | Sub-Blog Archive