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June 07, 2012

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John Stoughton

Hold their feet to the fire John.

Donald S Brant Jr

For an interesting treatise on "the history and techniques of photographic deception and manipulation" please refer to "Photo Fakery" by Dino A. Brugioni, a founder of the CIA's National Photographic Interpretation Center. I found it to be fascinating reading. With the proliferation of Photoshop and its clones this method of deception is bound to become more common and more difficult to detect.

Randall Brynsvold

Too many people can be convinced by arguments focused on "fairness" and "unfairness", and are willing to ignore their own well-being to keep someone else from getting what they don't "deserve". Even if that someone else is not real.

From The New Yorker magazine, in an article by James Surowiecki:

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2012/06/04/120604ta_talk_surowiecki

"The basic problem is that we care so much about fairness that we are often willing to sacrifice economic well-being to enforce it. Behavioral economists have shown that a sizable percentage of people are willing to pay real money to punish people who are taking from a common pot but not contributing to it. Just to insure that shirkers get what they deserve, we are prepared to make ourselves poorer. Similarly, a famous experiment known as the ultimatum game — one person offers another a cut of a sum of money and the second person decides whether or not to accept — shows that people will walk away from free money if they feel that an offer is unfair. Thus, even when there’s a solution that would leave everyone better off, a fixation on fairness can make agreement impossible.

...The fairness problem is exacerbated by the fact that our definition of what counts as fair typically reflects what the economists Linda Babcock and George Loewenstein call a “self-serving bias.”
...The self-serving bias leads us to define fairness in ways that redound to our benefit, and to discount information that might conflict with our perspective. This effect is even more pronounced when bargainers don’t feel that they are part of the same community — a phenomenon that psychologists call “social distance.”"

David W. Rogers

John
I congratulate you on the sentiments expressed above and your actions taken. How exactly did you capture the distribution list? I need to do the same with some email I am receiving.
Dave

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