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  •  but talking about it isn't (4+ / 0-)

    going to fix it.  

    Before talking about something, how about first doing the bare-minimum due diligence to prove to yourself that the subject is even legitimate and not just another Republican mindfuck?
    And what source is approved for our due diligence? I genuinely wonder, what with our propensity to praise, say, the New York Times one day and castigate it the next...

    "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

    by lunachickie on Tue May 14, 2013 at 03:24:31 PM PDT

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    •  That's a great question (1+ / 0-)
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      and another thing that's part of becoming more effective - learning how to judge sources, and how to piece together solid information from a number of sources that are individually unreliable.

      Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

      by Troubadour on Tue May 14, 2013 at 04:51:10 PM PDT

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      •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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        the thing is, not everyone agrees on who is reliable and who is not

        "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue May 14, 2013 at 04:53:48 PM PDT

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        •  Part of a liberal's strength (3+ / 0-)

          is our ability to work productively with ambiguity.  For people who need everything to fit into boxes, there are plenty of unscrupulous folks more than willing to create those boxes for you - toward their own ends.  It's a lot harder to control people who can deal with information on its own terms.

          Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

          by Troubadour on Tue May 14, 2013 at 04:56:53 PM PDT

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      •  An information detective. (1+ / 0-)
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        Piecing together clues from lots of sources. Different people can't help themselves about letting different aspects slip. A plausible picture of that part of reality begins to form-up. It does take practice and a wide-ranging, active mind though.

        -- We are just regular people informed on issues

        by mike101 on Tue May 14, 2013 at 05:32:16 PM PDT

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