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The Wake Up Pitch

Pitch Type:  Credibility 

The Wake Up Pitch claims that the truth is obvious, and all who disagree must either be ignorant, brainwashed, or pigheaded.

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Al Gore    Environmentalist, Former U.S. Vice President
The world authority on the climate crisis, the IPCC, after 20 years of detailed study and four unanimous reports, now says that the evidence is “unequivocal.” To those who are still tempted to dismiss the increasingly urgent alarms from scientists around the world, ignore the melting of the north polar ice cap and all of the other apocalyptic warnings from the planet itself, and who roll their eyes at the very mention of this existential threat to the future of the human species, please wake up.

David Bellamy    Botanist, Documentarian
The link between the burning of fossil fuels and global warming is a myth. It is time the world's leaders, their scientific advisers and many environmental pressure groups woke up to the fact.

Barbara Ehrenreich    Journalist, Author
The promotion of positive thinking has become a minor industry in its own right, producing an endless flow of books, DVDs, and other products; providing employment for tens of thousands of “life coaches,” “executive coaches,” and motivational speakers, as well as for the growing cadre of professional psychologists who seek to train them. ... [We need to] recover from the mass delusion that is positive thinking.

Ingo Swann    Father of Remote Viewing
No one with any thinking capacities will deny that our species possesses --powers of mind-- that far exceed our biological factors and parameters. Many psi faculties exist among these powers of mind, and among these are remote viewing faculties. If you can't address this issue, then it is not the fault of our species potentials. It's the fault of engineered anti-psi spin grids you have bought into.

Bill Gates    Microsoft Cofounder, Philanthropist
But the real story isn’t how bad H1N1 was. The real story is that we are lucky it wasn’t worse because we were almost completely unprepared for it. ... Hopefully this outbreak will serve as a wakeup call to get us to invest in better capabilities, because more epidemics will come in the decades ahead and there is no guarantee we will be lucky next time. The 1918 flu killed more than 50 million people.

Joe Biden    US Vice President, Democrat
[Regarding Intelligent Design] I refuse to believe the majority of people believe this malarkey!

Bill Maher    Political T.V. Host, Comedian
Crazy people who still think the government brought down the Twin Towers in a controlled explosion have to stop pretending that I’m the one who’s being naïve. How big a lunatic do you have to be to watch two giant airliners packed with jet fuel slam into buildings on live TV, igniting a massive inferno that burned for two hours, and then think, well, if you believe that was the cause… Stop asking me to raise this ridiculous topic on the show and start asking your doctor if Paxil is right for you

Brad Blanton    Psychotherapist, Author
...the primary cause of most human stress, ...conflict between couples and ...both psychological and physical illness is being trapped in your mind and removed from your experience. [This happens because] we all lie like hell all the time. We're taught systematically to lie, to pretend, to maintain a pretense because we're taught that who we are is our performance. Our schools teach us to lie, our parents teach us to lie. We're all suffering from mistaken identity.

Deepak Chopra    Inventor of Quantum Healing
Darwin's theory of evolution is an enormous over-simplification. ...it's simple enough to teach to children between recess and lunch. But it fails to capture the driving force and what's really going on. It is time to step back and take a look at the big picture. ... The challenge, alas, is to peer not just behind our ancestral way of thinking, but to grasp the world in a way that is at the same time simpler and more demanding than what we are accustomed to.

Amanda Marcotte    Blogger, Author, Feminist
As I’ve asserted before, I think the PUA shills are class A hucksters, and just as Scientology is not going to clear you of the aliens ruining your life and homeopaths aren’t going to cure your cancer, PUAs aren’t going to teach you the one! perfect! system! to bed! any! woman! you! desire!

Amanda Marcotte    Blogger, Author, Feminist
The people most being manipulated here are the sad sack misogynists who are so busy throwing a no pussy blues pity party that they can’t even grasp that their inability to see that women are basically people is being exploited to free them of their spare cash. ... the concept that a woman’s will is merely an obstacle between you and her pussy ... then I fail to see how that doesn’t slide into making excuses for and even outright calling for sexual assault.

Gloria Steinem    Author, Feminist
It’s an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don’t try to make it posthumous.

Cliff Kincaid    President, America's Survival, Inc.
...Manning is a homosexual who should never have been in the military. ... Using sensational language designed to lure the gullible into believing that Manning is some kind of heroic figure being destroyed by fanatical military types, Greenwald ... speculates that the treatment could be considered torture. ... Manning is being held in isolation because of the fear that he could turn over more sensitive information to possible conspirators. This is why his associates are being closely monitored.

Caroline Lucas    English Politician, Green Party
[The government is] very successfully pulling the wool over people's eyes over whether or not we need nuclear. The bottom line is there are much greater, safer, quicker, cheaper ways of achieving greater emission cuts than going down the nuclear route. Plus the signal that it gives out internationally is an incredibly negative one.