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"Death Spiral" States - Whispernet Viral Propaganda

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The conservative whisper-net is ramping up its activity for the election. What I term "whisper-net" is the network of conservatives that shares a mix of humor and political viral emails. Many of these are propaganda pieces with sophisticated graphics and persuasively phrased copy. The originators buy lists of email addresses and broadcast their crafted piece so that it will become viral.

Other items are just rumors with political embellishment. Here is an example of rightwing email I chose from five emails a conservative colleague of mine forwarded to me just this week.

The New Welfare Map

Make sure you read to the bottom...
Quite an eye opener...

Map used to make bogus facts seem credible.
(image by Not Attributed, but likely from Forbes Magazine)

These 11 States now have More People on Welfare than they do Employed! Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2012, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. Household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support.

What's the problem with that much support? Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day.

To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for a 40-hour

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week, while the average job pays $20.00 an hour.

There are actually two messages here. The first is very interesting, but the second is absolutely astounding - and explains a lot.

A recent "Investor's Business Daily" article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.

Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:

U.S. 65%
England 46%
Canada 42%

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Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:

U.S. 93%
England 15%
Canada 43%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:

U.S. 90%
England 15%
Canada 43%

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Richmond Shreve is a retired business executive whose careers began in electronics (USN) and broadcasting in the 1960s. Over the years he has maintained a hobby interest in amateur radio, and the audio-visual arts while working in sales and (more...)

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WoW! What a great article Richmond, and how sicke... by Shirley Braverman on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 9:56:17 AM
I'm glad you used the word "skeptic" because many ... by Richmond Shreve on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 9:11:16 AM
On another note, I just went onto Amazon to buy a... by Shirley Braverman on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 10:00:37 AM
Yes, and there are ways to game the system to get ... by Richmond Shreve on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 10:16:56 AM
" Nah, probably a real wast of time since nobody g... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 3:54:07 PM
Though I may never read the book, it is very inter... by Richmond Shreve on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 9:19:19 AM
I hesitate to say this, but as scrupulous writers ... by Richmond Shreve on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 10:25:50 AM
The trouble with we liberals is that we keep seeki... by Shirley Braverman on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 1:42:23 PM
The ironic thing is that one often finds--or I oft... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 3:25:48 PM
Maybe they are try to break into our liberal cult ... by Richmond Shreve on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 9:21:04 AM
"states now have more people on welfare than emplo... by Samson on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 3:40:01 PM
Too bad America doesn't have a left political part... by Samson on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 3:48:26 PM
Of course that is totally false, but there is a bi... by Richmond Shreve on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 9:30:47 AM
As you state, Forbes seems to be a big contributor... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 7:12:52 PM
I'm a retired small business CEO myself, but not o... by Richmond Shreve on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 9:59:03 AM