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  • New Wave of Riots Causes Portland Courthouse to Be Turned Into a Fortress Once Again

    Yet again, Portland, Oregon, has become a focal point for the violence as rioters vandalized the Mark O’Hatfield Courthouse over the weekend. According to Fox News, fencing around the courthouse, which had been removed on Wednesday, has once again been installed around the courthouse. City workers constructed the non-scalable fencing in an attempt to keep out violent protesters, repeating precautions taken during last June’s riots.

     

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The Chinese Flu - Whuhan

  • COVID-19 Hysteria and Panic

    In 1841, Charles Mackay wrote a 702-page book titled Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. The book details investment hysteria and panic, but it’s really about human nature, something that doesn’t change throughout recorded history. I will show the reader, in this essay, how we are experiencing popular delusions and the madness of crowds, right now, with the current corona virus, COVID-19 hysteria and panic. Today’s social psychologists use the term “groupthink” to describe the modern versions of crowd madness. “Groupthink” represents the prevailing beliefs and rationalizations that influence the decisions of the general public as well as the experts. Their groupthink beliefs are shaped by the opinions of others (think CNN, New York Times and Twitter) and not by the rigor of their own personal and independent analysis. The current hysteria and panic over the COVID crisis is a modern example of groupthink. This essay will examine that claim.