Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Take the Test: How Gullible Are You?

How gullible are you?  Well, you can find out by taking this simple test concerning mass emails that are circulating!  

1)  Do you believe this Claim?:   The U.S. government is opening gas stations to distribute free gasoline in poor neighborhoods.
 Origins:   On 29 October 2013, the Daily Currant published an article positing that the Obama administration was using a little-known provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly known as "Obamacare") to have the federal government open a network of gas stations to provide free gasoline to residents of poor neighborhoods:
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/gasstations.asp#uiDdXUAuTJwDr5SA.99 
ANSWER: FALSE - The article was just a bit of political humor from the Daily Currant spoofing the subjects of Obamacare and government benefits. The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media.
 2  Two-Striped Telamonia Spider

  • Warning that venomous 'two-striped telamonia' spiders are lurking beneath toilet seats in public restrooms.
  • FALSE:  Read more at http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp#YYTksGbRZRHV2kJa.99
    3) Has President Obama announced a nationwide Muslim outreach program for children grades K-12?
    THE TRUTH:  Origins:   On 27 September 2013, the National Report (A SATIRICAL NEWSPAPER)  published an article   that President Obama had proclaimed November 2013 to be National Muslim Appreciation Month, a time to "celebrate the Muslim community" in the United States 
    ANSWER: FALSE.  The National Report is ANOTHER political satirical Website. (Apparently conservatives don't know What "Satire" means (Exaggeration , sarcasm or parody to ridicule or shame people (unjustly). 
    TRUTH:The National Report's (since removed) disclaimer page notes that all of the articles are fiction:  National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental. 
    4)   Claim:   Barack Obama is the only president who has failed to visit the D-Day Monument on 
    D-Day.
    FALSE -   The first president to travel to Normandy for D-Day was Ronald Reagan, who in 1984 attended commemorative ceremonies there for the 40th anniversary of the Allied landings. Bill Clinton attended D-Day memorial ceremonies in Normandy on the 50th anniversary of the landings in 1994, George W. Bush did so on the 60th anniversary of the landings in 2004, and Barack Obama did likewise on the 65th anniversary of the landings in 2009 and AGAIN  on the 70th anniversary in 2014.   Here's a link to the video from 2009: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guYsufYyQ40

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    SO, If you believed ANY of these, you were believing fiction. Now you know the truth.
    Next time you get an email that bashes ANYONE, President, friend, company, etc. Take the time to check it out. And btw, Video clips are the easiest to play with-= because the words before and after sentences can be cut off, changing the meaning (something that people did with the president's words recently that made it sound like he said he wants to be a monarch, when he was saying the opposite. 
    Check it out before sharing anything and DON'T BE GULLIBLE! 


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