Soundtrack in my head: Prince and the Revolution: Mountains Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has been willing to say what very few politicians have said about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Tulsi Gabbard's positions on 9/11 mostly match what I've been saying for years. But I have some real questions about … Continue reading Tulsi Gabbard’s positions on 9/11: does she actually get it?
Soundtrack in my head: Thievery Corporation, "Web of Deception" The DNC is rigging the primaries for the 2020 Presidential election. Their methods are a bit more sophisticated than 2016. So far, they’ve managed to exclude Presidential candidates Mike Gravel and Tulsi Gabbard from the official debates. With nearly a year to go before Democratic National … Continue reading the DNC is rigging the primaries. again.
So it seems we can't leave Iraq alone. Now it's a war on ISIS--the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria which now refers itself to as simply the "Islamic State." The U.S. government just doesn't seem to know how to stop pouring gasoline on the fire. Of course, the rise of ISIS is a horrible … Continue reading war on ISIS: world-wide whac-a-mole again
But what’s with the diaper—that is, the media’s obsession with the diaper that Nowak reportedly wore during the 900-mile drive from Texas to Florida? Why does the public need to know about the diaper? How relevant and important is it in the whole scheme of things compared to the actual charge of attempted murder? Why did police choose to share that information and why did reporters choose to relay that to the public?
So with the Democratic victory, is there a light at the tunnel or is that just someone waving a cigarette lighter yelling, “Play ‘Freebird!’ Freeee-buurrrrd!”
When I look at the state of mass media today, sometimes I think about the fictional language of Newspeak in George Orwell’s novel 1984. In the book, the goal of the language was to increase the state’s power over the population by eliminating shades of meaning in spoken English. Each edition of the Newspeak dictionary would have fewer and fewer words. The idea was that by diminishing the number of words in a language, the state could diminishing its citizens’ capacity for thought and therefore strengthen its ability to control the masses. I don't necessarily believe that the media is involved in some sinister plot to control our minds, but it is not giving us the range of information that it could give us if it was truly acting as a responsible steward of its power, or at least a disinerested neutral party interested only in truth and accuracy.