Mass hysteria is defined in part as:
a condition affecting a group of persons, characterized by excitement or anxiety, irrational behavior or beliefs…
A classic example of mass hysteria was the Tanganyika Laughing Epidemic.
The Tanganyika laughter epidemic of 1962 was an outbreak of mass hysteria – or mass psychogenic illness (MPI) – rumored to have occurred in or near the village of Kashasha on the western coast of Lake Victoria in the modern nation of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika) near the border of Kenya.
The laughter epidemic began on January 30, 1962, at a mission-run boarding school for girls in Kashasha. The laughter started with three girls and spread haphazardly throughout the school, affecting 95 of the 159 pupils, aged 12–18. Symptoms lasted from a few hours to 16 days in those affected. The teaching staff were not affected but reported that students were unable to concentrate on their lessons. The school was forced to close down on March 18, 1962.
After the school was closed and the students were sent home, the epidemic spread to Nshamba, a village that was home to several of the girls. In April and May, 217 people had laughing attacks in the village, most of them being school children and young adults. The Kashasha school was reopened on May 21, only to be closed again at the end of June. In June, the laughing epidemic spread to Ramashenye girls’ middle school, near Bukoba, affecting 48 girls.
The school from which the epidemic sprang was sued; the children and parents transmitted it to the surrounding area. Other schools, Kashasha itself, and another village, comprising thousands of people, were all affected to some degree. Six to eighteen months after it started, the phenomenon died off. The following symptoms were reported on an equally massive scale as the reports of the laughter itself: pain, fainting, flatulence, respiratory problems, rashes, attacks of crying, and random screaming. In total 14 schools were shut down and 1000 people were affected.
Mass Hysteria is an affliction that frequently affects liberals and impairs them mentally. One example is the immediate purchase of the assertions that conservatives commit acts of bias, such as not tipping lesbian waitresses or racial graffiti painted on the walls of elite colleges when these acts prove to be hoaxes committed by…liberals.
There is another, more indolent and highly infectious form of Mass Hysteria and it is spread via exposure to the left wing media. Onset is generally catalyzed by a trigger event, such as a neurotic vision on the part of a single individual and it appears to develop quickly in the brains of the victims, who then descend into highly irrational thought processes.
Nelson Mandela recently passed at the age of 95. Mandela was instrumental in ending the policy known as Apartheid in South Africa. Mandela’s passing activated a little known area in the corpus callosum portion of the brain of Jesse Jackson known as the “Abutendumqus.” This is the area of the brain that allows one to take advantage of others for one’s own benefit. Jackson then became the nidus for this case of mass hysteria when he claimed apartheid exists today in America.
“Apartheid remains. Apartheid gaps in poverty, healthcare and education. We’re in the middle of the end of the apartheid struggle now, but it’s just changed phases,” he said on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.”
And then the mass hysteria began.
‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’ says David Simon, creator of The Wire, who was the first to succumb.
America is a country that is now utterly divided when it comes to its society, its economy, its politics. There are definitely two Americas. I live in one, on one block in Baltimore that is part of the viable America, the America that is connected to its own economy, where there is a plausible future for the people born into it. About 20 blocks away is another America entirely. It’s astonishing how little we have to do with each other, and yet we are living in such proximity.
There’s no barbed wire around West Baltimore or around East Baltimore, around Pimlico, the areas in my city that have been utterly divorced from the American experience that I know. But there might as well be. We’ve somehow managed to march on to two separate futures and I think you’re seeing this more and more in the west. I don’t think it’s unique to America.
I think we’ve perfected a lot of the tragedy and we’re getting there faster than a lot of other places that may be a little more reasoned, but my dangerous idea kind of involves this fellow who got left by the wayside in the 20th century and seemed to be almost the butt end of the joke of the 20th century; a fellow named Karl Marx.
Simon was followed quickly by Matthew Dowd.
Last week, former George W. Bush strategist Matthew Dowd offered up an archetypal example of what Harvard literature scholar Philip Fisher terms “nightmare envy,” calling for the U.S. to face an Arab Spring-style uprising against economic inequality–or, as he called it, “our own version of apartheid here.” He laments that Americans are not worthy of the same revolutionary spirit, perhaps because we “are preoccupied with video games.”
The flood gates of disease then opened. Karen Finney becomes delusional:
FINNEY: Well, remember this is the same guy who was attacking the Pope, right? This is the same guy who thinks he understands Christianity better than the head of the Catholic Church, but, no, he’s, you know, Limbaugh, obviously, this is part of the great effort to take down some of our greatest heroes. And, you know, Rev, I think about it this way and going back to the Santorum comment, if you think about what the word “apartheid” means.
FINNEY: Apartness. It was all about separating people and dividing people. That’s what this Republican Party has been about for the last several years.
The illness has spread to the halls of Congress:
(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), in an appearance on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” on Friday, condemned former Sen. Rick Santorum’s comments comparing Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid to the fight against Obamacare as “shameful.” “And actually if I was going to make a comparison, I would make the opposite comparison, because I think the struggle for justice, which Nelson Mandela led for so many years is similar as the struggle for the health care as a right for people in the richest country in the world, and so the idea that they would make that comparison in the opposite way is just tragic,” Bass said.
Apartheid actually means “apartness” or “separateness.”
Liberal Mass Hysteria has conflated it to connote racial and economic conditions, real and imagined. Economic separateness has increased over the last few years and it has an etiology.
INCOME inequality in the United States has been growing for decades, but the trend appears to have accelerated during the Obama administration. One measure of this is the relationship between median and average wages.
The median wage is straightforward: it’s the midpoint of everyone’s wages. Interpreting the average, though, can be tricky. If the income of a handful of people soars while everyone else’s remains the same, the entire group’s average may still rise substantially. So when average wages grow faster than the median, as happened from 2009 through 2011, it means that lower earners are falling further behind those at the top.
One way to see the acceleration in inequality is to look at the ratio of average to median annual wages. From 2001 through 2008, during the George W. Bush administration, that ratio grew at 0.28 percentage point per year. From 2009 through 2011, the latest year for which the data is available, the ratio increased 1.14 percentage points annually, or roughly four times faster.
How bad has Obama made things?
#1 The only reason that the official unemployment rate has been declining over the past couple of years is that the federal government has been pretending that millions upon millions of unemployed Americans no longer want a job and have “left the labor force”. As Zero Hedge recently demonstrated, if the labor force participation rate returned to the long-term average of 65.8 percent, the official unemployment rate in the United States would actually be 11.5 percent instead of 7 percent.
#2 The percentage of Americans that are actually working is much lower than it used to be. In November 2000, 64.3 percent of all working age Americans had a job. When Barack Obama first entered the White House, 60.6 percent of all working age Americans had a job. Today, only 58.6 percent of all working age Americans have a job. In fact, as you can see from the chart posted below, there has been absolutely no “employment recovery” since the depths of the last recession…
#3 The employment-population ratio has now been under 59 percent for 51 months in a row.
#4 There are 1,148,000 fewer Americans working today than there was in November 2006. Meanwhile, our population has grown by more than 16 million people during that time frame.
#5 The “inactivity rate” for men in their prime working years (25 to 54) has just hit a brand new all-time record high. Does this look like an “economic recovery” to you?…
#6 The number of working age Americans without a job has increased by a total of 27 million since the year 2000.
#7 In November 2007, there were 121.9 million full-time workers in the United States. Today, there are only 116.9 million full-time workers in the United States.
#8 Middle-wage jobs accounted for 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession, but they have accounted for only 22 percent of the jobs created since then.
#9 Only about 47 percent of all adults in America have a full-time job at this point.
#10 The ratio of wages to corporate profits in the United States just hit a brand new all-time low.
#11 It is hard to believe, but in America today one out of every ten jobs is now filled by a temp agency.
#12 Approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.
#13 In this economic environment, there is intense competition even for the lowest paying jobs. Wal-Mart recently opened up two new stores in Washington D.C., and more than 23,000 people applied for just 600 positions. That means that only about 2.6 percent of the applicants were ultimately hired. In comparison, Harvard offers admission to 6.1 percent of their applicants.
#14 According to the Social Security Administration, 40 percent of all U.S. workers make less than $20,000 a year.
#15 When Barack Obama took office, the average duration of unemployment in this country was 19.8 weeks. Today, it is 37.2 weeks.
#16 According to the New York Times, long-term unemployment in America is up by 213 percent since 2007.
That’s only 16. There are 37 of them. Do read them all.
You can expect Liberal Mass Hysteria to break out frequently, but it tends to express itself most often when Obama poll number are low. Liberals use the disease tends to “squirrel” America from the deadly truth.
Barack Obama is a failure, and a dismal one at that. He has failed because he instead of working to give America what it needed, he forced upon it his own left wing socialist vision. It didn’t work.
The data speaks for itself. So do all those “space available” signs you see in your neighborhood. Liberals don’t see them. That’s what Mass Hysteria does to you.