How we got into this mess and steps to get out

RE: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/21/fake-news-charlottesville-215514

Nice, clear and concise article. The extent that conspiracy theories have taken hold, speak of a wide ranging vulnerability to paranoia itself. Perhaps the mundane reality is too mundane.

Our society focuses on importance as the prop for worthiness. It’s why people speed around in their cars when they don’t need to–the feeling of importance and needing to be places faster according to self-importance. And that same need for importance, has the need to see itself as a protagonist in their own story, needs to picture the self as fighting an evil that wants to “get” them.

And the degree of how they can elevate their self-importance, correlates with how big an evil they make their perceived enemy, or conspiracy theory. Unfortunately, the need for self-importance only grows with expanding populations. That might have an apex, where trends will go down once crowding reaches a certain level.

I’m not sure what kind of actions or redirection can help in the meantime. Obviously, the USA did something wrong with the philosophy, “you are special, you can do anything your mind sets out to do.” A type of backfire from not taking into account basic mental capabilities. I kind of have to shrug my shoulders, because I’m not sure.

I think at this point, it’s important to realize that many people use the internet as an outlet for their angst and aggression. For their fears. So the untruths are true, in that these are their fears. Why they are selecting these particular fears, though, is because they are being guided by some very unscrupulous individuals and organizations.

I don’t have any answer but to rat them out one at a time. Fact check, disapprove the memes one at a time. And it’s pretty hopeless, like using a shoe to attack a house infested with roaches. My stand at this point, is to let it go. Let them spin their own reality, and only correct those in your immediate PHYSICAL sphere, not on cyberspace.

Step back from the melee and note where it goes. See, the way you beat paranoia, is you go forward until it gets so absurd that you have to drop it. You’re worried that there are cameras broadcasting your every move to the owners of your apartment building? Bump it up a notch, and worry that you are being broadcast to space aliens, or to entire earth-nations. Then you have to address the question, WHY? Why would someone want to watch me?

Then the answer circles back around to self-importance. America is suffering from a mass case of delusions of grandeur. You don’t beat that with just humility. You beat it with gratitude and service. Take yourself down a notch. Remember in Lord of the Rings, where the elf queen says, “No, I will diminish and go into the west. And remain Galdriel.” ?

That’s what we need to do. The ring we need to destroy on the fires, is the overwhelming need for self-importance. The truth is not a banner to rally behind, it should be the ground beneath your feet.

The coupe de grass of it all, is the USA is currently lead by the king of all things self-important. A personality that never felt the need to check his own delusions of grandeur. And so he has swept the nation, or a good part of it — into his insanity. They part of their brains that should be broadcasting logic, is saying to them that “How can this be wrong to follow, he is so successful! So I will be, too.”

And we have gotten nowhere in pointing out that there is a difference between success at life, and success at happiness. That there is a difference between inherited wealth, and made wealth. A difference between seeing others as your kin, or seeing them as only friend or foe. We’re getting nowhere in the attempt to lay these principals on the line.

My feeling, is that humility is an individual, and a group feat. So it must be addressed, cultivated — at several levels with extreme care. And I don’t think we have the discipline, nor the proclivity as a nation, to do this. That’s my prognosis. I hope I’m wrong. But it very much does not look good for the moment.

Let the conspiracy theories fly and see where they take their followers. Revert those in your immediate circles to simple logic. Hold tight, and consider the fact that many nations are worse, though many now are looking steadily better. I believe that the trump administration will be a wake up call, and the biggest challenge may be to not overtly-react in the opposite direction. Cheers!

Life is too short. At some point it becomes a long haul for all of us. Chin up. Darkest before the dawn.

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NO, mr. president, gas prices are NOT at a 10 year low… summer prices, my dear … SUMMER

our president is so stupid, he doesn’t even know that the stats for gas prices get a good spin every year to inspire people to get out and travel for the summer.

a good spin increases the demand while pricing already higher for the summer. helps prevent a surplus at the end of the summer causing problems. so they spin the stats. but instead of knowing those are spun stats for a reason…. and instead of knowing that people remember gas has been lower even just a few months ago…. the president takes the yearly “get out and vacation” gasoline news as some sort of personal bragging right.

this is how stupid our president is. somebody please get him out of office quickly.

and what infuriates me about this, is he spreads what he barely comprehends and barely hears with half an ear…. and posts things without even understanding the spin. like he never watched or read news until he was in it. never grasped the difference between “lowest summer gas prices in ten years” and “lowest gas prices in ten years.” his tweet should have left most people scratching their heads, since they paid lower prices just last month. but instead… INSTEAD, everybody was accepting the information that gasoline was at a ten-year low. they only objected to the fact he was bragging. but they accepted his premise hook, line, and sinker. did not believe he would lie on something like that. but also because it mirrored news casts that were more careful in their wording to make sure their spin didn’t register formally as a lie.

the reality is that average gas prices hit their most recent low in february and are now climbing again. gee, i wonder what happened in february 2017?

so i’m just throwing my hands up in the air at this point. how gosh darn out of touch and reclusive do you have to be to not realize the news pushes travel every year? they certainly don’t ever say “stay at home and save that gasoline, check out museums in your home town.” christ…..

and how incapable do you have to be to not know how to google “gasoline recent price charts” …seriously. how irresponsible do you have to be to spread something like that without checking first. how caught up in your own ego? to imagine that your presence magically fixed something, not the extra refineries brought online. more supply, price goes down. more demand, price goes up. it’s why you get to buy all that cheap crap in china and sell it here under a trump brand. you’d think he’d be familiar with the concept.

which means ………. complete hoodwink. guy is a worthless cheat. you all need to get him out of there. we are vulnerable every minute he stays, because no one will believe him now in a national address in case of emergency. even his followers feel he is lying to be crafty and shrewd. so even they, won’t be convinced something is truth or lies unless it is verified. we are in a situation where the words and directive of the president of the united states must be verified by the people at another source, before being believed. we will have mass confusion on a scale never seen before.

GET …. HIM ….. OUT!

and please tell me again why every politician should be trumpian and full of such grace?

the idea that democrats lost, so they should be more like trump — is absurd. i just want to make that clear. because there seems to be a misunderstanding on what “winning” is.

winning is not giving up your ideals, to be like those you scorn. i find that to be an interesting request, and would be more interesting if that scorn were not deserved.

no, the crazy, insane right that has gone alt-right and around the bend, over the woods into crazy-land the alt-universe with alt-facts for true believers of alt-reality — they just want company on their journey. i like plain politicians.

boring politicians. politicians you wouldn’t pay to see in a MILLION years. because those are the kind that sit behind the desks and get the work done.

i don’t want stars. i don’t want rally-leaders. i don’t want yelling, rabble-rousing, insanity. i want BORING government. government i can count on to be tedious and thorough. none of this going off half-cocked, “i wonder what will happen when i do THIS.”

bloody idiots. boring. bored. tedious. mundane. i want government SO slow, it risks going in reverse. i want it completely un-entertaining! i need my government to be dull. dull. dull. and no, this is absolutely no “trend” in politicians to follow — if we get a whole tribe of trumped up politicians now, it’s time to get out the knitting needles for a front row seat …

boring. dull. undeniably snoozed. you can take your winning ways and shove ’em where the sun don’t shine. i want completely dull politicians. ones that don’t yell at all, would be nice. no rally cry, no getting all excited up there. keep your calm. keep people calm. it’s kind of the idea.

tedious … mundane. absolutely no draw whatsoever. behind desks, running things so they don’t fall apart. that’s what i want. this is not a circus. this is people’s lives.

you want a concert, go see a concert. a ball game, go to that. you want religious zeal, find a dang church. don’t go looking for your extremism in politics. politics needs to be boring! dull. extremely and thoroughly uninteresting. like the news was, when you were ten and your great uncle guy didn’t have time to take you fishing before dinner but you whined and pleaded with him anyway.

we don’t need government hopping and be-bopping all over the place like celebrity news. don’t need an even BIGGER crazy to beat the crazy already in the whitehouse. we are NOT going to get into a contest on who can out-crazy each other.

boring, dull, humdrum … monotonous. tedium. i want so much tedium, i can sleep to it.

for the round of potatoes in american do-si-does errupted

it’s not often i get to make a nice, beef stew. often the price of beef ranges higher, but it’s also because much easier to throw what is left of a chicken into a stewpot.

so i found some good beef on sale, and chopped it up — added vegetables that were getting a little old. you just clip out the bad parts. and it is bubbling on the stove nicely, on this sort of gloomy day. funny how the sun is wonderful, and invigorating. but the rain is necessary for any and all of the beauty.

so can’t regret clouds. just make a nice batch of stew, and settle in for a comfortable day of reading.

i get a little overwhelmed with the issues. but i kind of think it’s like using the vegetables you need — cut out the bad parts. put things together, even experiment with ingredients. did you know that peanut butter works nicely in pork stew? a dash of this, a shake of that.

the final moment is when you raise that spoon to your mouth, close your eyes and sip. think what it might need or what it doesn’t need, or if it is perfect.

you can get too fussy, and ruin a perfectly fine stew by adding too many flavors. there is a balance to all artistry, i think. that point where colors will jumble and blend, to become mud brown. i do like the peaceful sound of something cooking on the stove, the smell of the house — onions and so forth. i breathe a little deeper.

it’s gloomy out. the rain will begin, soon. patters, and then pools. i type my thing, my reasoning that looks a little worn, at this point. needs a little fresh rain itself i should think.

but i look out the window at the day, and it’s good. wouldn’t change a thing.

a win for comcast to sell your social security number to the highest bidder

if you’re wondering what the no internet privacy thing is about now — part of what it means, is that if you own a website, then comcast or other ISP’s can put ads up ON YOUR WEBSITE without your permission, through a method of pushing ads through to any browser. this includes mozilla, ie, opera, etc. and it includes macs and pc’s and linux … ALL. comcast will be able to put THEIR ads on YOUR website without a by-your-leave and with NO payment to the website.

so (to congress) you all really need to know more about computers before you just sign off sh*t without knowing what you are doing.

and if you don’t own a website, and think this doesn’t affect you, think again. say you go to a website and the ad is really annoying! so you boycot that company. you tell all your friends, how horrible they are. but turns out it wasn’t them, it was comcast who messed up your browser and made you restart your computer because it froze it up.

so they caused you to hurt another company by misrepresenting that company incorrectly in delivering content. consider it like ads included with your mail, and you lose a letter because it gets caught in the ads. then they started making carriers place ‘real’ mail on top of ads, taking twice as long or more to deliver anything. all because they crossed that first line? this is a bigger line. it means getting no internet service minus ads on every page. YOU CAN’T STOP IT. and i imagine … just conjecture, but you can probably bet that an internet service will be offered then for twice as much — and ad free!

that’s how they work.

THIS IS A WHOLE NEW WORLD. YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

just saying, consider yourself warned!

you will have nothing online without ads flashing on the screen straight from comcast, verizon, xfinity, etc. …. and get this other tidbit: if you complain to a website, and they really do have malicious or annoying ads — they will be able to just point at your ISP and say it wasn’t them, and are off the hook. this is a mess. I knew something was up when Comcast used their new method to block my browsers ——- every single browser on my network, until I would agree to sign a legal document for them. “just click to agree” — frack that! I called and complained until they took it down.

but every single browser, from the tablet to the phone to windows 10, windows 7, Ubuntu Linux …..every webpage I went to had a window on it blocking the page, insisting I click and agree to my guilt …………………… android, windows — and Linux, so that means apple, too. it will be like having a clear screen in front of ALL your computers, that fills with ads from Comcast (att, Verizon, etc) however often they want to send them to you!

so that’s the backdoor they are going to use to place ads over your webpages that you can’t remove with any block, because the script is running at Comcast. and get THIS — IF that script gets infected with a virus — it will take out every computer on the Comcast network. IF it is buggy, it will crash every computer on their service. but even with no problems at all, it’s still a way to place content directly onto any device they service. daily ads — ads that sing out from your phone at 7am every morning for you to buy their coffee …..

you think i’m kidding … i’m not kidding.

THIS IS A WHOLE NEW WORLD. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. a line has been crossed.

they don’t access through the IP addresses at all, it’s a direct port that puts the same “ad window” overlay onto all your browsers. if they felt like it, could run blank black screens during a presidential address …… during your football game you stream on your tv. they can make it blank. with no explanation. how many hackers will try to get a hold of that? flash porn on everyone’s screen …….

but mostly it will be a deluge of ads that NO flash blocker and NO script blocker and NO nothing can remove. the programming running the content will be remote access.

and guess what? you won’t even know when it starts. they have permission — could start tomorrow. could start today. ads popping up everywhere, more than usual. more targeted at you and your family. and you have no way of knowing if that is from malware on your computer, or from bad web pages, or from Comcast.

I will look for some way to use a different port for browsing, though i’m not sure if that’s possible. but we might have to build a whole new internet. (you think i’m kidding …. ha! the innocence …)

this is terrible. they have everyone by the balls now. (oh, and since their software cannot be checked by your browser’s security settings — they will be able to turn on mics and cameras with every ad, to record your reaction to it. and again, you think i’m kidding? i’m not.)