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Mele20
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Hilo, HI
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reply to dave

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Nope. Never heard of Scopes until now and after reading that NYTimes article I have no interest in navigating to Scopes. I abhor discussing politics and I have plenty of common sense. If I am unsure about something I would go to a better source than Scopes or I guess it is Snopes? (what a weird name) for my information. Seems the real problems is folks who still use email to communicate with "friends" and family. I stopped that years ago as I couldn't stand all the garbage people sent me or the fact they refused to use blind CC even after I would carefully, clearly, and simply explain how to do it for their email client.

I mean the crap that NYTimes article says people go to Snopes about boggles my mind. How can they be that naive and lacking in common sense? But there is that worrisome thought that the article also expresses saying Snopes sees a scary trend from high gullibility to hyper skepticism. If either is considered, I am prone to the latter but I avoid sites that will fan that nascent proclivity and try to always exercise my common sense.
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When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson


dave
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said by Mele20:

I mean the crap that NYTimes article says people go to Snopes about boggles my mind. How can they be that naive and lacking in common sense?

They are, of course, not as lacking in common sense as the people who forward crap without checking Snopes (or some other fact-checker). The reaction "Surely that can't be true: I will check" is better than "I believe that and will immediately tell everyone". Even if an immediate "what obvious nonsense" would be best.

And some of us have to visit Snopes to show the terminally lacking-in-sense the error of their ways.
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rcdailey
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reply to Mele20

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You solved the problem the old-fashioned way. You just cut yourself off from the spam and useless e-mail. I still get that stuff, but I do use e-mail. Do you use smoke signals or ESP or something else that I might try instead? Don't say Facebook or Twitter, please. I have enough trouble handling Facebook in a limited way.
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rcdailey
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reply to dave

said by dave:

said by Mele20:

I mean the crap that NYTimes article says people go to Snopes about boggles my mind. How can they be that naive and lacking in common sense?

They are, of course, not as lacking in common sense as the people who forward crap without checking Snopes (or some other fact-checker). The reaction "Surely that can't be true: I will check" is better than "I believe that and will immediately tell everyone". Even if an immediate "what obvious nonsense" would be best.

And some of us have to visit Snopes to show the terminally lacking-in-sense the error of their ways.

I have tried using Snopes and Truth-or-Fiction to debunk e-mail that I get from friends, but they keep sending me this stuff with the question "Have you ever heard of this?" I don't know why they can't look this up for themselves, but expect me to do it and be the fount of all knowledge, which I clearly am not.
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It is easier for a camel to put on a bikini than an old man to thread a needle.

Mele20
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said by rcdailey:

You solved the problem the old-fashioned way. You just cut yourself off from the spam and useless e-mail. I still get that stuff, but I do use e-mail. Do you use smoke signals or ESP or something else that I might try instead? Don't say Facebook or Twitter, please. I have enough trouble handling Facebook in a limited way.

I have Facebook and Twitter in my Hosts file. I still use email for things like listservs, newsletters I subscribe to, forum registrations, etc. and a very few friends who know something about computers or who are willing to learn how to use email safely and in a private manner. I have an advantage: I'm old enough that I can pick up the phone (yeah, a landline) and call my friends who would likely never use blind CC. For us, actually using a phone to talk on is not at all unusual.
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When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson


Cheese
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said by scelli:

said by dave:

said by Mele20:

I mean the crap that NYTimes article says people go to Snopes about boggles my mind. How can they be that naive and lacking in common sense?

They are, of course, not as lacking in common sense as the people who forward crap without checking Snopes (or some other fact-checker). The reaction "Surely that can't be true: I will check" is better than "I believe that and will immediately tell everyone". Even if an immediate "what obvious nonsense" would be best.

And some of us have to visit Snopes to show the terminally lacking-in-sense the error of their ways.

I've often gotten the impression that the original poster as well as one or two sycophant fan-boys he's managed to accrue on DSLR often tend to view the rest of we unwashed masses as being "naive and lacking in common sense" regarding numerous issues on this forum.

An adjustment in attitude on their parts ASAP should definitely be the order of the day.

Truth...100 percent... and I am pretty sure they have said it as well..