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FUNNY VIDEO ABOUT POLITICAL ATTACK ADS ...
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In this funny video about political attack ads, Mark Fiore shows how the generic language of the ads works, skewering the cretins on both sides who use such democracy-defacing tactics.

Funny video about political attack ads; Mark Fiore; embed source: YouTube

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GP comment:  Even the NSA's lies about what they do can be proved to be more than Americans are comfortable with. That is, "we only collect metadata" is the cover story, but even that is now shown to yield more than they are entitled to on a security basis.

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