Does anyone else feel overwhelmed?
Things are coming down so fast these days it's hard to keep up. Now's the time to start paying close attention to everything that's going on and not get distracted. What's really going on here?
"Getting nothing but static, getting nothing but static
Static in my attic from Channel Z ...
Gonna shoot that static down the drain
Gonna put that static out of my brain
Gonna put up my antennae. FREE!"
-- The B-52's - Channel Z [ link to www.lyrics4all.net ]
Have you ever heard the sound of an approaching avalanche? Well, I don't suppose you have, or chances are you wouldn't be reading this right now, and I haven't either -- at least not literally. But in a metaphorical sense I can hear one right now. In fact, I started hearing the first few rocks tumble down the mountain about a decade ago. I shrugged it off though (most people didn't even pay attention).
Yeah, that Waco and Ruby Ridge were some dirty business. Yeah, it sure looks like Vince Foster and Ron Brown were murdered. Well, politics gets dirty sometimes. It's always been that way, hasn't it?
Hmmm ... the protests in Seattle were really getting somewhere and then *boom* -- there was a media blackout. The only way I could find out they were shooting rubber bullets at people was by checking out this new website called Indymedia. And there it was -- a cop aiming a rifle into the crowd.
Dang, that's kind of scary, especially how the media seemed to be in lockstep about all that, but we all know the big corporations look after their own. No need to get alarmed. Just a few rocks, is all.
Then some bigger rocks began to fall. Hell, these weren't just rocks, they were goddamn boulders. I stayed up until 5 in the morning after election night 2000. Bush wins by 500 votes?? Bullshit!
But the media just seemed to roll over and play dead, and Al Gore soon followed. Something's wrong here, I thought. I sure hope not, but ... what if this is the start of an avalanche?
The crash and tinkle of a few more rocks -- a few more Seattle-like protests (they ran over and shot a kid in Genoa and called it self-defense). Enron plunges California into darkness. Accounting scandals hit the boiling point. I still held out they'd nail that bastard Bush with vote fraud and make him give the presidency back to Gore, kind of like how when I was six I held out that someone made a mistake when they said my uncle died and everything would get fixed somehow the way it always does on TV.
Then a huge boulder crashed down the mountain. Everybody heard this one as it wiped out entire buildings. People got mad and started mobilizing, pointing their fingers and shouting "the terrorists did it! They pushed that boulder off the cliff and killed thousands of people! Let's get 'em!" And we all started rushing up the mountain. But it didn't take long before I realized the huge boulder was probably part of an avalanche, and we were rushing to our doom.
So much is going on now you can barely focus on individual rocks anymore. Things sound like a dull roar. Massive election fraud in Mexico. Replays of My Lai. Civil war in Iraq. Declarations of WWIII. Korea, India and Pakistan testing nukes and missiles. People connected with Enron dying left and right. Legislative war against immigrants. Scandal after scandal skirting the White House. Israel blasting a democratic country's infrastructure, innocent civilians and a UN building into smithereens, committing obvious war crimes, and what makes headlines?
US cyclist has too much testosterone.
"All over the world, autocratic-minded rulers ... have learned that de facto control of the political content of television is perhaps the most important lever of power in our day. They have learned that it does not matter politically if 15 or even 25 percent of the public is well informed as long the majority remains in the dark. The problem has not been censorship but something very nearly censorship's opposite: the deafening noise of the official megaphone and its echoes--not the suppression of truth, still spoken and heard in a narrow circle, but a profusion of lies and half lies; not too little speech but too much. If you whisper something to your friend in the front row of a rock concert, you have not been censored, but neither will you be heard." -- Jonathan Schell, "Too Late for Empire" http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060814/schell
I don't have a TV, and perhaps I'm less distracted than most. I feel it's my duty to inform you: it sounds like there's an avalanche coming. Maybe that's not the best analogy, because maybe collectively there's something we can do to stop whatever it is that seems to be barreling our way. Surely we can prepare for it! But how can we if we're too distracted to realize the danger? There's a huge disinformation campaign out there, and it's being used as a weapon against us. Here's just one of the latest examples: "Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers" http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,174-2289232,00.html
But the organized distraction isn't limited to any medium or nationality. All mainstream media are affected on a global scale. Who's really behind all this? What can we do about it?
We need to come to grips with the fact that disinformation and apathy are our worst enemies now. While we argue, jabber and whine few seem to hear the growing thunder from the mountaintop. People must be warned! We're standing in the path of disaster.
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