We’ve all heard the phrase “Fake it ’til you make it,” and it seems like many of us take this to heart. But, what happens when we spend so much time faking it that we loose all semblance of authenticity? On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri examine a variety of “fakers” attempting to convince us that what they say is true.

Topics discussed include saying “I’m Sorry, Taryvon Martin / George Zimmerman Juror B-29 (Maddie) saying that the trial ruined her life, Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon’s mother) speaking before the U.S. Senate, new developments in the case of the Black Red Lobster waitress who accused a non-tipping patron of writing the N-word on a receipt, doubting many of the stories that come from the Internet due to marketing ploys, Facebook’s stock price doubling, adding “close friends” on Facebook, NSA basically intruding on every aspect of our everyday lives, Snowden’s new job, politicians crafting laws that purpose allow loopholes, and more!

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  • Discussion about saying “I’m Sorry.”
  • Discussion about some peoples’ need to hear sympathy expressed so they feel like people care about their condition.
  • Discussion about Taryvon Martin / George Zimmerman Juror B-29 (Maddie) saying that the trial ruined her life and is the cause of her job loss and eviction.

    A juror in the George Zimmerman trial tells “Inside Edition” that her life was ruined by the trial because she lost friends and a full-time nursing home job.

    Juror B-29, who was identified as Maddy during interviews with ABC, says she has received death threats. She reveals that her family is close to being evicted from her four-bedroom home in Seminole County.

    “Emotionally, mentally, physically, I’m so drained,” Maddy tells “Inside Edition.” “I can’t stop thinking about the case. I have a heart.”

    The interview airs at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. today on WKMG-Channel 6.

    Maddy says she questions whether she was right to acquit Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. She says she has followed reports on Zimmerman since the trial ended this summer.

    “We all know who’s guilty,” she says. “George Zimmerman thinks he didn’t do anything wrong.”

    Maddy discusses the personal toll. “I got to hold the gun that killed this boy. I saw pictures I didn’t need to see,” she says.

    “Inside Edition” tours Maddy’s home, which is practically empty, and captures the gas company delivering a disconnect notice.

    She is especially shaken by the death threats.

    “On Facebook someone wrote that I’m going to feel the same pain as Trayvon Martin’s mom … meaning I’m going to lose my son,” Maddy says. “All this blame was put on me. No one’s looking at George Zimmerman. He’s the one who killed the child. George Zimmerman should be the one to blame for this.”
    Source: Orlando Sentinel

  • Maddie doesn’t realize how stupid she is. It’s hard to have sympathy when she’s not being straight up.
  • She knows it was a mistake to let Zimmerman off. She should admit that she was pressured into this decision.
  • Discussion about Shellie Zimmerman saying George threatened her with a bullet-riddled shooting target.

    The estranged wife of George Zimmerman says he nailed a bullet-filled target to the wall of her home as a “subliminal message.”

    Shellie Zimmerman, 26, filed for divorce in September, less than two months after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder after he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012.

    Days later, Shellie Zimmerman called 911, stating that her husband was threatening her and her father with a gun, and that he punched her father in the nose.

    She later stated that she never actually saw a gun, and decided not to press charges.

    Wednesday, Radar Online obtained a photo of the bullet-riddled target that Shellie Zimmerman claims George left in their living room in late September, shortly after she asked him to get his things and move out.
    Source: Huffington Post

  • Zimmerman is crazy and will probably kill again.
  • Discussion about Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon’s mother) speaking before the U.S. Senate on “stand your ground”.

    (CBS/AP) – The mother of an unarmed Florida teen who was killed last year during a deadly confrontation with a neighborhood watch volunteer advocated for amending “stand your ground” self-defense laws before a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday.

    The laws, adopted in some form by at least 22 states, generally cancel a person’s duty to retreat in the face of a serious physical threat. But Sybrina Fulton, whose son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, told lawmakers today that Zimmerman’s acquittal provided evidence that “stand your ground” laws can be confusing and applied inconsistently.

    Fulton said her son was going to buy candy and a drink before the deadly confrontation, “minding his own business and not looking for any type of trouble.”

    “We need to do something about this law when your kids cannot feel safe in their own communities,” Fulton said, speaking at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights.

    “The person that shot and killed my son is walking the streets today,” Fulton said. “This law does not work. We need to seriously take a look at this law.”

    The Democratic-controlled Senate held the hearing on “stand your ground” even though no congressional action is expected on the state policies.
    Source: WTSP

  • Discussion about new developments in the case of the Black Red Lobster waitress who accused a non-tipping patron of writing the N-word on a receipt.

    The mystery of how a racist epithet came to be scrawled on a receipt handed to a Tennessee Red Lobster waitress has only become more muddled, as the man accused of writing the offensive word now says he plans to sue the waitress and the Red Lobster chain — and the waitress now says she believes that someone else wrote the racist word on the receipt.

    The background is this: in September, Toni Christina Jenkins, a 19-year-old server at a Red Lobster franchise in Franklin, Tenn., served a $44.53 order to a 20-year-old customer named Devin Barnes and his wife. When she got the receipt back, she says, the word “none” was written on the “tip” line.

    And underneath the word none, someone had scrawled the racial epithet, “N****r.”

    Jenkins, who is African-American, then posted a photo of the offending receipt on her Facebook page, along with the caption, “This is what I got as a tip last night…so happy to live in the proud southern states. God Bless America, land of the free and home of the low class racists of Tennessee.”

    Barnes signature was clearly visible on the the receipt posted on Facebook by Jenkins.

    Then the photo, and story, went viral. Media outlets, including Opposing Views, ran with it. Jenkins received an outpouring of sympathy. In fact, that sympathy turned to hard cash. To make up for her getting stiffed on the tip by an apparent racist, people started sending her money.

    In the end, her “tip” totaled $10,749. (Jenkins is pictured above with a check for that amount.)

    And then the problems began.

    Barnes flatly denies that he added the “N-word” to the receipt. And his attorney hired a handwriting expert to prove it.

    “A lot of people on the Internet who I don’t know are calling me a racist, and I’m thinking people have their own opinion, but I know I am not a racist,” Barnes said. “I don’t see color. I have many mixed color friends.”

    In a note written after the story went national, Barnes said, ““I do not approve of the use of that type of talk, not now or ever.”

    He says that he and his wife have been subject to threats and harassment since his name went public in connection with the story.

    “No one should go through this at all,” Barnes said.

    The handwriting expert found no match between Barnes’ handwriting, seen on a note written by him below, and the writing of whoever wrote the offending term on the receipt. Barnes acknowledges being a lousy tipper. He said he wrote “none” on the tip line when he and his wife had to leave in a hurry and switched their order to take-out.

    The handwriting expert also ruled out Barnes’ wife as the writer of the word.

    Then, a second handwriting analyst, hired by the conservative news web site The Daily Caller, examined the receipt and concluded that Jenkins herself was the perpetrator of a hoax.

    “I believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the waitress actually wrote the word,” forensic handwriting expert Bob Baier told the Daily Caller, citing similarities in Jenkins’ handwriting and the word on the receipt.

    But Baier also said that his conclusion was not definitive and that more analysis was required.

    Jenkins denies that she wrote the “N-word” on the receipt herself, but she now says she does not believe that Barnes wrote it either. She also says that she regrets not blacking out Barnes’ name in the photo that she posted to Facebook.

    While Barnes is threatening legal action, a spokesperson for Red Lobster says the chain has not been informed of any action taken so far.
    Source: Opposing Views

  • Discussion about doubting many of the stories that come from the Internet due to marketing ploys by corporations. They create advertisements that are supposed to look like homegrown videos that went viral.
  • Discussion about Facebook’s stock price doubling, in large part due to ad revenues.
  • Discussion about adding “close friends” on Facebook.
  • Discussion about the NSA basically intruding on every aspect of our everyday lives. Why do people take it and don’t even bother to complain? Why don’t they care?
  • Discussion about Snowden’s new job in Russian tech support.
  • Discussion about politicians crafting laws that purpose allow loopholes, then acting like they had no idea the laws would be used to intrude on peoples’ privacy.
  • Discussion about representative democracy. Can you trust a person to do whats’ right for the people they’re supposed to represent?

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