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  •  skepticism (8+ / 0-)

    She watches Bill O'Reilly everyday and loves Bill O'Reilly and saw this movie and it changed her life.

    Sounds like she might be the one who might be in need of a healthy bit of skepticism.

    Until she stops ping-ponging from one polemic to another,  she doesn't strike me as someone I would find credible.  

    Whether a plant or sincere, I don't think there is much "damage" for her to undo.  She should probably just step back from the business of trying to argue these issues or influencing people in general.  "Everyone in the world should watch this movie"  yada yada...that's her new plan?  I suspect no one who has been tossed out of her home because of what they think takes what she says as seriously as she does.

    •  Agree. My first thought was that she seems (7+ / 0-)

      like a person I'd quickly excuse myself from talking to at a cocktail party.  Not someone who's opinion I'd e-mail to a friend, or post on my facebook page (don't have one, but trying to speak the current language.)

      Having said that, she might be the perfect advocate for the falsely skeptical audience that really might have their mind changed by seeing the evidence that the weak refutations  they've been spoon fed are talking about.

      "Jersey_Boy" was taken.

      by New Jersey Boy on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 04:43:33 AM PST

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    •  Emotionally-driven beliefs du jour (11+ / 0-)

      In my experience, those who are primarily motivated by emotions, especially fear, tend to swing into the wind like a weather vane. Decisions are sometimes made instantly, entirely based on the feelings and thoughts of the moment.

      In this woman's case, her entire belief system was turned completely around by a powerful emotional experience. Tomorrow, some other tear-jerker will take over. Ping-ponging, indeed.

      Her statement about loving Bill-o The Clown indicates that she's a sucker for appeals to authority. That's all Bill-o is.

      If there's a chance that she was able to see the Bill-o The Clown's climate change denial is a lie, then there's a bit of hope for her. I doubt that she is capable of understanding that she's been deceived and manipulated by Faux Noise for years and years and years. That would be too much, I think.

      She actually thinks she convinced everyone she knows that climate change is a hoax? $10,000 bet?

      "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 06:15:57 AM PST

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      •  Seems unlikely (7+ / 0-)
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        She actually thinks she convinced everyone she knows that climate change is a hoax? $10,000 bet?
        Since just before this claim, she says
        every time someone mentioned global warming to me, I told them, if they wanted to remain in my home, they needed to step out.
        So she couldn't even bear to discuss the topic with someone who disagreed with her, yet somehow she convinced them all that climate change is a hoax?
        •  She probably just convinced them not to talk (2+ / 0-)
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          about it with her, you're right.

          But the best of us relies on hyperbole and simplification when we're emotional.  It doesn't make the emotions not real.  I got genuine remorse from her.  

          Of course I can't testify that a stranger will follow through, or believe the same thing a week from now.  But for right now, for that minute-plus, she was a powerful spokesperson, not only for the reality of climate change, but for the possibility of change.

          © cai Visit to join the fight against global warming.

          by cai on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 12:39:44 PM PST

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    •  I have a hard time taking her seriously (4+ / 0-)

      As others have commented, the fact she even went to see the movie if she was as skeptical of climate change as she claims sounds a bit fishy. Somebody who would throw people out of her home for believing climate change is not somebody who would pay to see a movie like this. She also claims that she convinced everybody she knows that climate change is a hoax. Again, not a particularly believable statement. If she was so convincing as a denier, how did that belief system get changed in less than two hours?

      I've debated climate change with deniers many times over the years, and I can't think of any one of them who were convinced by any fact I was able to present. They would dismiss this movie as nothing more than propaganda and lies, regardless of how well it is done. I think we have a plant here.

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