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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:23 PM
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So let me see if I got this straight.
Either 'IT'S ALL A LIE ZOMG THE SWINE FLU IS MANUFACTURED BY THE MEDIA AND BIG PHARMA!!'
or
'ZOMG IT'S THE BIG ONE WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!'
All I know is...
it's making my head spin. :(
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:25 PM
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1. Or somewhere in the middle.
Only 3,000,000,000 die.

:party:
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:16 PM
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9. Bush would probably be in Crawford this Sunday saying Flu.
just go to the emergency room.
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:26 PM
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2. BREAKING: swine flu causes disorientation in rodents
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 06:26 PM by NightWatcher
ZOMG we're all gonna be dizzy
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:27 PM
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3. Once beyond the nuts and bolts of politics, it's probably wise to not go to DU
for information on matters of life and death. Not that there aren't a lot of brilliant people here who have a lot of good, solid advice. It's just that you can't really tell those from the narcissistic paranoids who will state the opposite opinion on gravity because they would rather get attention than stand upright.
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targetpractice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:36 PM
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8. Is narcissistic the right term to describe that personality type?
I've experienced many people in my life who immediately take up a contrarian point-of-view no matter what the subject.

My friend and I called such people "polar responders"... and I've wondered if there is a clinical term.

Reminds me of people in forums years ago who insisted the iPod was the dumbest invention ever and that it would never sell despite all the evidence.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:46 PM
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12. I think it's called a contrarian..
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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:08 PM
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16. You rang?
:evilgrin:
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:54 PM
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20. Ha! The only reason I know..
the word so well is because my Grandpa called me the 'contrary one'.
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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 09:00 PM
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21. That was what my dad dubbed me...
I didn't think so way back then, but he was right!
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:16 PM
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17. There's them, too.
I was thinking more of the type who ignores logic and facts or who take an extreme position with no knowledge of the facts because they feel it makes them special to do so. They are the types who love to hate popular movies and name films no one has heard of as their favorites, simply because it brings more attention to them. That's not to say that a person's favorite film can't be a foreign indy film or that they can't hate a popular film for legite reasons, only that some people make their opinions on what makes them feel powerful in their own minds rather than on what films they actually like. They are the type to state unequivocally that people are idiots if they believe whatever the "official" position on something is, not because they have evidence the position is wrong, but because their position has to have a more limited support base or they can't feel superior.

But yeah, the reflexive contrarians are an issue, too. Might even be the same person at times.

And in case you're wondering, I'm not thinking of anyone or any issue in particular, just pointing out that you never know when you're listening to that type of person. There have been many cases here where the person spouting a minority opinion has been absolutely right. And of course we all from time to time take an adamant position that is just flat wrong. :)
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:31 PM
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11. Gravity: It's not just a good idea. It's the LAW. nt
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:27 PM
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4. SARS. West Nile. Bird Flu.
The media has a observable history of jumping on this bandwagon.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:30 PM
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6. It's like all the excitement over every tremor out West. We know the
Big One is coming, we just don't know when.
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:30 PM
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5. Only if you listen to the frantic types on either side
;)

As for me, I am cautious and keeping up with news, but I'm not panicking. I wouldn't panic even if it DID turn out to be a Big Deal. What good does panic do? It's better to just educate yourself, take precautions, and continue with life in as normal a way as reasonably possible. If we wind up having to stay home for a week or two if/when things get bad, then we'll do it and the world will continue to turn as usual.

:hi:
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:26 PM
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10. Oh. My. God.
An intelligent response.
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:36 PM
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7. 1. its a real story, 2. the media is using it to distract from torture.
its not mutually exclusive.
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Dreamer Tatum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:02 PM
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14. Maybe you're just easily distracted

Most can keep two issues in their heads at once, thanks.

And if it turned into a pandemic while we focused only on torture, that would be a RW conspiracy too, huh?
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:05 PM
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15. um... what is your malfunction?
don't know if you're confusing me with someone else, but your response to my post seems a bit out of line.
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Dreamer Tatum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:27 PM
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19. Sorry I blew it nt
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:53 PM
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13. Weren't we all doomed because of bird flu
a couple years ago?
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:26 PM
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18. Had transmission gone human-human, we would have been.
That was the scare. It hasn't happened yet.

This strain has already gone H-H.
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