How Donald Trump, Elon Musk, and Gwyneth Paltrow Short-Circuit Your Ability to Think Rationally

The sketchy rhetorical tricks of politicians, celebs, and con men—and how they work.


By Eric Roston +Follow18:00 GMT+7, 15 tháng 10, 2021

I’m not saying 1 only total losers 2 would skip this story, but a bunch of people did warn me. If you read on, you’ll discover how only I 3 can protect you from the shadowy groups 4 peddling lies 5 to control your children6


  1. Paralipsis, or bringing up a statement or thread solely to disassociate oneself from it.
  2. Ad hominem statement, or denigrating a person or people instead of grappling with their arguments.
  3. Authoritarian appeal to fear.
  4. Appeal to conspiracy.
  5. Projection technique, or falsely accusing enemies of using one’s own unethical tactics.
  6. Authoritarian appeal to fear.]

If a version of this message sounds familiar, it’s because it contains some of the most common techniques deployed by the authoritarians, con men, bosses, and questionable cultural figures swirling around us. Donald Trump. Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Even Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy, Elon Musk, and Gwyneth Paltrow have inadvertently used some of these methods. (Respectively, prejudicescare tactics, and faux intimacy.)

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Nuclear research center to be built in Vietnam

Friday, December 10, 2021 |

(VOVWORLD) – A nuclear science and technology research center with a 10-MWt nuclear reactor will be built in Vietnam, according to the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute. 

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The Dong Nai General Hospital uses nuclear technology in early diagnosis of cancer. (Photo: VNA)

Dr. Tran Chi Thanh, Director of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute, said procedures to build the research center started in 2019.

The project is part of an agreement between Vietnam and Russia signed in November, 2011. The new research center will replace a nuclear reactor in Da Lat in Central Vietnam to boost nuclear applications for socio-economic development.

Khai thác kênh ngang số một trên lò phản ứng hạt nhân Đà Lạt

TS – 27/10/2021 14:16 – Phạm Ngọc Sơn

Lần đầu tiên kể từ khi khôi phục lò phản ứng hạt nhân Đà Lạt, việc khai thác dòng neutron nhiệt trên kênh ngang số một của lò được thực hiện.

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