The reason I am continuing this Deathwatch Series (and I hope the sequals keep getting better) is that my own situation mirrors rather exactly what is happening to this country.
If you might think I’m off my rocker, let me just tell you what I found out about today.
Elizabeth Warren‘s takedown of financial regulators made for great TV, has been posted on You Tube, among other places, and already has a million views.
As someone who has personally been involved in both sitting in and filming Congressional testimony, not to mention do happen to be one of the minority viewers in this country who occassionally still turns into C-SPAN for entertainment (the last classic I recall is one Henry Waxman doing a takedown over the Hatch Act (the law that requires all federal employees to not campaign for candidates at work for obvious reasons). It was fabulous.
So was the Warren questioning of the regulators.
The difference of course is that this time, C-SPAN actually got a “hit audience.” Right up there with YouTube who of course commercialized it.
Normally, that would be time to cheer (minus the fact that YouTube is commercializing government clips which is profoundly disturbing). One might think the public are finally getting hip that what is going on behind closed doors (if not the White House press corps, who are reportedly furious at their lack of access to presidential events like oh, golf games with Tiger Woods).
The problem is, that this is all distraction from what is really going on.
Yes, watching a woman who was supposedly ambushed in DC for daring to ask that financial regulation take place now in the Senate grilling the same idiots supposed to be on guard, as well as, frankly, the FREAKING WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS complaining that they couldn’t get a photo opp of the President playing golf with a famous black golfer, is actually just the same.
Entertainment and false drama. Or “reality politics.”
Either way, also called distraction if not very clever propoganda.
Who the hell cares who Obama is playing golf with? I’d rather see the press corps, White House or not, get PO’d at Obama for his fricking drone policy, his secrecy policies, and all sorts of “conspiracy theories” suddenly going, um, excuse the public health if not IT reference, viral. Oh, and if you think that’s the only thing I want Obama to talk about, wrong. That’s just the fricking start of it. More on that list (but by no means complete), FISA, Drone Policy (domestic and overseas), the Kill List, No Accountability, Lies, Extreme Secrecy, etc. and ad nauseum.
Second issue. There are now all sorts of videos all over You Tube and the Internet in general of how Sandy Hook was staged by actors all over YouTube. Who benefits? Google. They have ads on those too.
Who the hell knows what is going on there? Not to mention all those “conspiracy theories” about 9/11, if not of course historical “conspiracy theories” like the “magic bullet” etc. The point here is that the more “conspiracy theories” there are, the easier it is to dismiss them. And there’s been a dramatic increase in these since that date. Which means two things. We are distracting ourselves. Or buying into distraction served up by the very people we trust and elect to look out for us to distract us from what’s going on behind closed doors and under the proverbial covers.
So let’s start with Aaron Schwartz and the “conspiracy theory” (also called very freaking suspicious in a real sense), that he was murdered by the government he just embarressed if not called out.
How come you can’t find Aaron Schwartz’s testimony to Congress anywhere on US Google? Or YouTube for that matter? I mean hell, that kind of smackdown would be GREAT for advertisers. Why isn’t it on You Tube?
Why not I ask again?
I mean the country is ready for a takedown in some of the worst possible ways, including the exciting news that posse commitatis in the form of police surveillance drones is about to go down the tube. That means the police force is now being militarized in the most direct way. And the public is tuning into C-SPAN in record numbers to see some whup ass. So why then would the takedown of Congress by Schwartz not be available at least on US Google, but alot of rather staged BS is instead?
The reason is that Schwartz, who most reasonably functionally literate people believe was killed by the government (which also means computer literate or a tiny fraction of the population), gave a smackdown in HIS Congressional testimony about the LACK of functional literacy in this country, and wiped the committee’s rear end all over the map. And Congress if not our ruling elite, don’t want YOU to see that.
Why is this important?
To be “functionally literate” as opposed to “literate literate”(as in being able to read written writing) means by definition that you know how your world operates. If you haven’t figure this out by now, not being computer literate is the definition of being functionally illiterate, simply because the Internet has become the global operating system (or OS) of our planet. That’s what Schwartz testified about and why nobody wants you to see this in the US.
If you don’t know that, you don’t know how your world works.
And today, that is extremely dangerous.
Politics is not “reality TV.”
And when it starts to be, as it clearly is (starting with that “nutcase” John Stewart who I find very effective and funny) you have the slide into something else.
When Politics becomes “reality TV” that means that you are watching propoganda.
A tactic used very successfully for years, since propoganda via media literacy was perfected by one Adolph Hitler.
Bottom line. I don’t care if Sandy Hook was an “airbrushed” conspiracy, with supposed actors being put in front of cameras, some wierd ass video of three shooters (also on You Tube). I don’t care really, about a Congressional grilling that ain’t going nowhere.
What I’m concerned about is that this country is ready for change but being deliberately confused about how to do it, if not kept deliberately uninformed or scared out of one’s wits.
And unless we understand exactly how our government (also called America’s OS) works, we as the people will be destracted to death because if you don’t know how something works (or doesn’t) you have no idea about how to “fix it.”
Bottom line, what you are seeing is a government increasingly beyond the reach if not ken of the people it is supposed to be accountable for, kill lists, and “Reichstag Fires” all over the place for one very simple reason.
We either change our OS, or we will be game over.
Whether it’s described as a “bug splat” (the military’s term for piloting remote drones to kill people), a video game, or a distraction. Or a “conspiracy theory.” Or say a fire in a major government building. Just like what happened in a country called Germany about 80 years ago.
What’s coming, I am really afraid now, is the next version if not incarnation of a German midget with a funny mustache) who did the same things in a place called Germany during the 1920′s to 1945.
Is Obama Hitler?
But his policies and this country are becoming increasingly dangerous just because we can’t see under the covers and Congress if not the White House is no longer the servant of the people.
It considers itself the people’s master.
And when that happens, democracy is toast.
Or burnt to a crisp in the current day, new millenium version of “The Reichstag Fire.” The event, for those of you without a background in Jewish history, know, was the staged event that allowed Hitler to take out the Weimer Republic and replace himself as “The Fuhrer.”
Where do you think we are, given this information, on the Reichstag scale right now?
I’ll leave you pondering with that thought for the day.
Now back to other pressing issues.