Last post was April 2017. Haven’t blogged due to illness; I was sick of blogging!
Actually, time being my most precious asset recently, and with other things taking priority, blogging took a back seat. That is pretty much it, by way of explanation.
I have been paying attention to what is happening in the world, but perhaps my approach to the news has changed somewhat. Let us just call it being less engaged in responding to events and rather observing them more closely and also observing who can be trusted to inform and who is mostly disinformation.
The most reliable source of information is the internet, but you have to know how to filter it. Press and radio pretty much all follow a script which is tilted one way. Some of them play at being contrarian but it is all within a certain boundary. Much like the discussion of the hockey league of an earlier post, there is competition within the league, sometimes even contrived but there is a league boundary which nobody crosses. That is the Main Stream Media (MSM)
The internet has enclaves rather than leagues. There is extremism from every direction and there is a vast middle as well. What is most helpful in filtering is a basic understanding of human nature, and human response. There are a variety of echo-chambers where many of like mind link and re-post like the social media model usually based on ideology, particularly when it comes to news reporting.
One of the best ways to assess a site or blog that carries news videos is to compare what is interpreted or summarized with the actual news video presented. It tells a lot about the care of the poster for accuracy, and how dedicated they are to a theme regardless of fact.
If a site is banned or censored or otherwise hidden or attacked by the moguls of twitter, facebook and or youtube, it is worth checking to see why, particularly if it is politically oriented, socially or religiously oriented. That is a peg around which we can swing because the SJW types that run those sites are a known quantity and we can narrow our searches for info by their bias.
In any event, it has been a newsworthy year, but most recently it got cranked up a long way. The fallout or backlash from the recent FISA memo from Devin Nunes of the US Congress will be interesting to observe. America is in a revolution even though a lot of them as well as the rest of the world do not even realize it. Probably a majority of Americans are aware of it, at least the majority that elected President Trump.
There will be a lot more to follow.
Here’s a dilemma for those who live in praise of the Protestant Reformation… will you deny that to a billion Muslims?
There are none so blind as those who don't want to see...
Why now, in 2017, is suddenly religious intolerance a big social issue, a cause celeb?
This is the principle behind the anti-Islamophobia (so-called) outcry in the West, in Canada and the U.S. is it not?
Where was this righteousness in the mainstream a few years ago when it was trendy to slam Chritianity on a daily basis in pop culture, and actually still is?
Is eliminating religious intolerance really the motive here? Or is this just a means to an end?
Will Christians who grew up in the west listening to abuse, derision and daily hatred, as well as watch sacrilege enshrined as art in pop culture realize that they are being had by another agenda?
When will the self-loathing of the Europeans and their descendents everywhere ever be satiated?
Will generation Z finally be the group that says enough is enough?
And another question, is the media censorship bill pending in Canada have any bearing on the recent Trudeau vacation with George Soros? That man is capable of orchestrating anything.
Trudeau is a babe in the woods when messing with an old Nazi collaborator like Soros. He is capable of anything. His foundations supported 49 of the 51 groups licensed by Washington DC to protest the inaugeration.
It is not yet clear who was funding the rioters at Berkeley.
If you are a pro hockey fan, I don’t know if you remember the time when the NHL was challenged by the existence of a new League called the World Hockey Association. There are some remnants of that era even today, the Winnipeg Jets, and Edmonton Oilers come to mind.
I don’t remember all the details, because I was young at the time but in general the players in the NHL did not like how they were being treated and paid and when the WHA offered better some of them left, including arguably the NHL’s biggest star, Bobby Hull. The WHA did not last long, ’72 to ’79 but long enough to cause some of the changes necessary in the NHL.
I bring this up because it seems perhaps one of the best analogies to the Trump phenomenon. The analogy is not perfect, of course, but it helps the mind to understanding the principle.
It is my belief and the belief of many that over the recent past going back as far as the 19th century at least, if not further, that the politics that we see, left and right, whig and tory, republican and democrat, conservative and liberal, etc. are really teams playing within the same league. The competition is fierce and the partisans are vocal and it is great sport. The political media are just like the sports media, all with their own special teams and special players, but in the end it is all the same sports bar mindset, talking about the same league.
Enter Trump. He was voted to be captain of one of the teams on the basis that he was going to change the league, challenge the league owners and board of directors. His agenda is way bigger than just winning a championship or a cup. He wants to change the league itself.
Imperfect analogy, yes, but it gets to the point that is driving Trump and his supporters. He wants a home-grown league owned and operated once more by the people, not foreign owned, and defacto part of a world association that can dictate the rules of play within America, as well as its prosperity.
Like the idea or not, that is what is being played out. Will he be successful? That is hard to determine at this point. The opposition is fierce and has many useful idiots at its disposal, most who don’t have any clue what the real stakes are and who they are actually playing for.
Love the harmonies in this one. There is nothing more uplifting musically than human voices…