Punditry is an industry built on confirmation bias. Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann, Glenn Beck and Arianna Huffington, Rachel Maddow and Ann Coulter—these people provide fuel for beliefs, they pre-filter the world to match existing worldviews. If their filter is like your filter, you love them. If it isn’t, you hate them. You watch them not for information, but for confirmation. Be careful. People like to be told what they already know.

Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things . . . well, new things aren’t what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds . . .

Not news but olds, telling people that what they think they already know is true.

—Terry Pratchett quote from his character Lord Vetinari in his comic fantasy book series Discworld

"There is such little eating being done in the homes now that a dining room is almost a lost art." - Will Rogers, 1 April 1923

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Note the date of 1923. And you thought this was a recent phenomenon..... Of course ten years later it was because of the Great Depression and fewer people had food. It will be that again soon since congress is in the process of slashing Food Stamps to the bone so they can buy a few more robot drones to do our killing for us.....

Have you ever wondered why people with advanced degrees in climate science or biology don’t get online and debate global warming or evolution? The less you know about a subject, the less you believe there is to know in total. Only once you have some experience do you start to recognize the breadth and depth you have yet to plunder.

-- You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself (McRaney, David) --

GOPThere is a lot to like about a conservative party that advocates for small government and understands what markets can accomplish and what they cannot. The problem is that the Republicans are not that party right now.

From the book The Centrist Manifesto (Wheelan, Charles)