Movies are great sources of insight on how to deal with real life. Of course, real life isn't always like fiction, and there are plenty of areas where cribbing off of whatever's new on Netflix is a bad idea. Like hostage negotiation. Or shaping government policies. This is about that second thing. (click for full article)
  1. Dallas Buyers' Club Pushed The U.S. Government To Pass New Healthcare Laws.
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    The film sparked debates about making it legal for certain patients to experiment with medications before they are FDA-approved. Some believed that the dying had a "right to try" anything that could offer hope in their final hours, while others saw the practice as reckless and dangerous. Federal lawmakers joined in the newfound interest in terminally ill patients' rights. and soon a motion dubbed the "Dallas Buyers' Club Bill" was put forward.
  2. Dr. Strangelove Forced The Pentagon To Change Its Security Policy
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    Eventually, government officials, including Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, began worrying about the copious opportunities for unintended nuclear war. The Pentagon finally gave in and set about changing their nuclear policy to ensure that no one would ever have full access to launch codes at any given time, instead spreading bits and pieces of the codes around to different members of personnel. All because of Slim Pickens riding a nuke down to the earth.
  3. Nixon Might Have Invaded Cambodia Because Of The Movie Patton
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    Nixon first saw Patton on the April 1, 1970, when the Vietnam War was reaching peak shitshow. During the next four weeks, Nixon basically did two things: He planned the invasion of Cambodia and saw that same movie six times. Of course, Tricky Dick never claimed that he let his inner Patton decide to invade Cambodia, but the people around him sure felt that way.
  4. The Plot Of The Rock Helped Justify The Iraq War
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    In a big show of why they have a "special relationship" with the U.S., the UK has admitted that it used Bay's 1996 film The Rock, a movie in which Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery overact their way through prison to save San Francisco from a nerve gas attack, as "valuable intelligence" in their argument for going after Saddam Hussein. Because him being a power-drunk mass-murdering dictator obviously wasn't tipping the scales.
  5. Actor President Ronald Reagan Let Films Influence Him A Whole Bunch
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    Having watched the sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still and being so convinced by its 1951's special effects, Reagan began fearing a possible alien invasion. So when he became the 40th president of the most powerful nation on earth, he began seriously worrying about the country's line of defense against a space invasion. Reagan became so obsessed with this thought that he randomly threw it out to Mikhail Gorbachev upon meeting in Geneva in 1985, and again in his United Nations speech.