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  •  True that (2+ / 0-)
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    foresterbob, Siri

    No need to spend any energy trying to convince the willfully ignorant.

    •  I still think pointing out their (4+ / 0-)
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      ms badger, NancyK, foresterbob, sidnora

      idiocy and mocking it, not getting angry but just laughing at them, helps marginalize them. The fact that their own party seems unwilling to do that is what makes me angry.

      "Compassion is the radicalism of our time." ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama -7.88, -6.21

      by Siri on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:07:31 AM PST

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      •  yes, I always feel I *ought* to do something (3+ / 0-)
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        ms badger, foresterbob, Siri

        How I respond tends to depend on the person, how well I know them, what I know of them, past encounters and so on...

        Some of the batshit crazy level, meh...I pass on by.  

        Others I mock, others I engage with, using facts/figures/data as is my wont (but ineffective usually), others via values discussions (which supposedly does better but for me personally has not.)

        And actually, your sig line on compassion reminds me of a technique I used in the lead up to the election.  This is that someone is wrong on fact, motivated/manipulated by fear, and that I feel sorry for them and forgive them their ignorance.

        "They have tried to sell us this trickle-down, tax-cut fairy dust before. And guess what? It does not work. It didn't work then, it won't work now." --Barack Obama

        by lizah on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:16:43 AM PST

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