Gullibility – The Weak Link In Homo Sapiens’ Survival?

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There comes a time one has to consider whether the human race truly deserves to survive, if only for the sheer gullibility of the species. This week has seen some prime examples. Only today the email quoted below landed in the Sparrow Chat ‘inbox’.

It’s no fun when there’s an evangelical Christian in the distant family, and the Adams’ household does have that unfortunate cross to bear, if you’ll excuse the pun. Thankfully, the person in question is distant, both geographically and familially, but that doesn’t stop him assailing us from time to time with whatever right-wing, pseudo-religious, crap happens to appear on the internet.

Today it was this:

Class Always Shows.

A doctor had his TV on in his office when the news of the military base shootings at Ft. Hood, TX came on. The husband of one of his employees was stationed there.

He called her into his office and as he told her what had happened, she got a text message from her husband saying, “I am okay.” Her cell phone rang right after she read the message. It was an ER nurse,” I’m the one who just sent you a text, not your husband. I thought it would be comforting but I was mistaken in doing so. I am sorry to tell you this, but your husband has been shot 4 times and he is in surgery.”

The soldier’s wife left Southern Clinic in Dothan, AL and drove all night to Ft. Hood. When she arrived, she found out her husband was out of surgery and would be OK. She rushed to his room and found that he already had two visitors there to comfort him.

He was just waking up and found his wife and the visitors by his side. The nurse took this picture:

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What? No news crews and cameras? This is how people with class respond and pay respect to those in uniform.

I sent my cousin in Fayetteville , N.C. (Retired from Special Forces) that picture of Geo. W. visiting the wounded at Ft. Hood . I got this reply:

What is even better is the fact George W. Bush heard about Fort Hood, got in his car without any escort, apparently they did not have time to react, and drove to Fort Hood. He was stopped at the gate and the guard could not believe who he had just stopped. Bush only asks for directions to the hospital then drove on. The gate guard called that “The President is on Fort Hood and driving to the hospital.”

The base went bananas looking for Obama. When they found it was Bush, they immediately offered escort. Bush simply told them it was o.k. and to let him visit the wounded and the dependents of the dead.

He stayed at Fort Hood for over six hours, and was finally asked to leave by a message from the White House.

Obama flew in days later and held a “photo opportunity” session in a gym, and did not even go to the hospital.

All this I picked up from two soldiers here who happened to be at Fort Hood when it happened.

This Bush/Obama/Ft.Hood story is something that should be sent to every voter in the US . Those who wanted “change”. You certainly got it.

Someone, PLEASE, show me anything that will tell us that Obama has ANY respect for the country he leads! I’m looking for just a little sign of respect.

Like an annoying chain letter this bull has been spreading virulently and can be located easily with a quick Google search. It doesn’t take anyone over five years of age more than a few seconds to realize it’s at least 90% bullshit (provided they’re equipped with more than one brain cell, and they’re NOT an evangelical Christian).

1. A nurse impersonates the woman’s husband, using his cellphone and texting her he was okay. Almost immediately she uses the same phone to say he’s not okay, he’s been shot four times. That would be one nurse looking for a new job, if it were true.

2. George Bush drives over to Fort Hood unannounced, (“Hi, Guys, my name’s George W Bush, can I come in?”) – just one day after a mass shooting at the base – and the gate security just lets him through – hardly!

3.Bush stayed at Fort Hood until ‘told to leave’ by the White House. (“George? This ere’s Obama. What’ya playin’ at, motherfucker? Get the hell outer there right now, yer hear me?”)

3. The writer of this email got the information from a cousin in North Carolina who ‘happened’ to hear it from two soldiers who ‘happened’ to be at Fort Hood (1,250 miles from Fayetteville, NC) when it ‘happened’.

Obviously, the writer has little idea of how politics works in this country, but he doesn’t have to. The internet will spread it around and every nut who wants to believe it, will do so.

Here are the facts, as checked by Factcheck.org, and confirmed by David Sherzer, Bush’s spokesman:

President George W. Bush did visit the wounded at Ft. Hood only a day after the tragic Nov. 5 shooting spree on the base, as was reported publicly at the time by a number of news outlets.

Sherzer described the visit as being “as spontaneous as a visit from a former president can be” — it was planned that same day. But Sherzer told us that Bush’s visit was coordinated with base officials, that he did not refuse escort, and that he did not overstay his welcome. As for the part about President Obama telling him to leave, Sherzer said that’s simply not true.

Bush’s home in Crawford is a one-hour drive from Ft. Hood, and he did go to the base after being contacted by Ft. Hood’s commanding general, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone. “It is accurate to say he did drop everything to go,” Sherzer said, but he added that “we went about it in the appropriate way, which was to coordinate with the base personnel and Secret Service.” And Bush stayed for about two hours, not the six the e-mail claims…He was not stopped at the gate, as described in the e-mail, because he was expected and because he had a Secret Service escort.

As for the claim that Obama did not visit the hospital, the White House sent us press reports showing that Obama visited both ambulatory and non-ambulatory victims, and the families of the dead on Nov. 10, though much of the visit was not public.[1]

This is the state of America today. Educationally, many of the poorer population are well below standards considered acceptable in European nations. Their knowledge (or, lack of it) comes from the misinformation spread – like this email – on the internet, or via the biased, propagandized, news channels – ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN.

It’s worth noting this email relates not to the recent shootings at Fort Hood, but to the incident in 2009 when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist, shot and killed thirteen, and wounded thirty of his fellow soldiers.

On the subject of gullibility, here’s one headline that never made it to any of the major US news channels:

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NRA offers children free membership amid ‘Youth Day’ gun activities”

It comes from the British newspaper, “The Guardian”. Most US newspapers didn’t carry the story (though the NY Daily News was one that did), which is hardly surprising as no journalists were allowed inside the National Rifle Association’s “Youth Day” event at their National Convention in Inianapolis last Sunday. Mounted police stood guard outside to prevent any media intrusion.

The National Rifle Association on Sunday offered young children free membership and the opportunity to win a high-powered rifle or shotgun.

A “Youth Day” at the influential gun lobby group’s annual convention in Indianapolis was scheduled to culminate with a prize draw in which participants could take home a WBY-X rifle or shotgun supplied by Weatherby, a major firearms manufacturer and a sponsor of the event. All were also given a free six-month youth membership of the NRA.

Media were banned from covering Youth Day. When the Guardian approached the ballroom in which the event was to take place, one of two police officers guarding the room ordered a reporter to leave and said no journalists were even allowed to be in the adjacent 350-yard corridor.

“That is just what the organisers have told me,” the police officer said repeatedly, when asked why media were supposed to be barred from the area, where other convention attendees were walking around freely…

…Official corporate backers of Youth Day included major gun manufacturers such as Remington, Smith & Wesson and Marlin, as well as Brownell’s, which claims to be the world’s biggest supplier of firearms accessories and gunsmithing tools…

…Andy Myers, 38, of Ohio, said his three young children were keenly awaiting the Youth Day activities.

“Oh yeah, these guys are all revved up for it,” Myers said of Cody, 12, Sarah, eight and Wyatt, six, who all wore their own convention lanyards.

“I’ve always been a shooter, and I wanted them to learn safe gun use,” said Myers. Dismissing suggestions his children might be too young for firearms, he said: “For me, it is all about safety. Just as with any other phobia, the younger a person is introduced to something, the better.”

“I’d rather my children were introduced to guns by responsible people in a place like this,” Myers went on. “I wouldn’t want them just getting bad ideas off the TV, which can be a bad influence.”…

…In a statement made when the firm was unveiled as a sponsor of Youth Day, Mike Schwiebert, Weatherby’s vice-president of marketing, said: “Weatherby is proud to help support NRA Youth Day and make it a special experience for all the participants.”

“We very much appreciate the opportunity to partner with the NRA in providing opportunities for our youth to learn more about our industry and all the fun the outdoors has to offer, whether it’s hunting, shooting or rodeoing.””[2]

Apparently, there’s nothing else to do in the outdoors except “hunting, shooting or rodeoing”.

The gullibility of this farce lies not with the children, nor even the organizers who are there solely to make money. No, it lies fair and square on the parents who think it’s a great idea their kids should play with lethal weapons from an early age. They can’t drink alcohol in America until they’re twenty-one, but you can give that crying three-year-old an MK-47 to play with and no-one will stop you. Of course, if he shoots you with it, it’s your responsibility, and the kid will be none the worse for growing up knowing he slaughtered his daddy.

One other exhibition of mass gullibility was on display this week – in Rome…

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…in front of an audience numbering 800,000 of the gullible. The canonization ceremony of John Paul II and John XXIII at the Vatican drew more from Voodoo ceremony than any spiritual content. Phials of blood, probably well-congealed, and pieces of skin from the deceased popes adorned the papal altar as this medieval ritual proceeded to its climax.

“Four popes in one ceremony is a fantastic thing to see and to be at, because it is history being written in our sight,” said Polish pilgrim Dawid Halfar.[3]

Ah yes, Dawid, but they all look decidedly less saintly when sat on the lavatory with their cassocks hitched up and their underwear around their ankles.

How gullible does one have to be to ignore the slaughter, torture, corruption, mass murder (and virtually every other heinous crime invented) committed by the Roman Catholic church since the days of Peter? And, let’s not forget the hideous crime of child sexual abuse, rampant throughout the Roman Catholic church for decades and not only ignored, but condoned, by (Saint) John Paul II.[4]

Perhaps the last week in April each year should be officially designated “Gullibility Week”, if only to remind us how utterly crass and idiotic we truly are.

Sadly, to anyone viewing the human species objectively, such traits are glaring obvious every single week of the year.

[1] “Bush at Ft. Hood” Factcheck.org, February 11th 2010 (Note the date on this link. That chain email’s probably been doing the rounds for four years).

[2] “NRA offers children free membership amid ‘Youth Day’ gun activities” The Guardian, April 27th 2014

[3] “Vatican declares Popes John Paul II and John XXIII saints” BBC, April 27th 2014

[4] “An unseemly, unwise haste to canonise John Paul II” The Guardian, January 7th 2011

4 Replies to “Gullibility – The Weak Link In Homo Sapiens’ Survival?”

  1. Aren’t we the saddest species on the planet RJA?

    I didn’t write of the Vatican shenanigans as I was too nauseated and wanted to protect my keyboard.

    I’m glad to see you’re up and running, I do believe you were hacked again, I think I sent you an email on this.

    Thanks for the excellent (as always) post.

    XO
    WWW

  2. WWW – I’m so sorry I didn’t receive your email. I’ve just located it at an old email address I’d given up on as it got swamped with spam. I now use evenlittlesparrows@gmail.com

    I think you were wise to protect your keyboard. I find Pope Francis to be another Obama – all good words but very little action, and most of it in the wrong direction.

  3. I love my elderly grandfather and my mother dearly, but the amount of insane chain emails I receive from them that they believe simply because it ended up in their inbox is astounding. I always respond with a link from Snopes or a simple explanation to why the email is false. They probably don’t read my rebuttals (they don’t fall in line with their vision of the state of America), but I do it anyway. Even more frightening is that both are intelligent, college-educated people and they STILL buy into such nonsense.

  4. Jonathan – it’s a sad fact that many Americans truly want to believe the garbage they’re being sold, whether via internet or corporate media. It fits with their own opinions, formed over years of propagandized broadcasts by usurpers of the political system. I refer to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, and many others of his ilk, who push political garbage like drug dealers push heroin. Being college-educated and intelligent is no barrier, apparently. Fear, for that’s what these people peddle, is a great persuader.

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