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Random Thought for Friday, February 17th, 2017: Reality TV show “The United States: UNHINGED!” RENEWED for Another Season

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NEXT ON THE HIT REALITY TV SHOW, THE UNITED STATES: UNHINGED!

Yeah…whether we want to admit it or not, MSM or main stream media, has become this new, cross network television series. Daily we can watch all this fun stuff with perspectives like, ‘this has never happened before’ or ‘here’s something that obviously has been going on for decades but you should outrage about it now…and forget that it has been happening for decades because we are not fake news’.

The sheer number of ‘news’ stories being done on main stream media to ‘help us understand the truth’ about where fake news comes from makes one understand that MSM is fake news and has been for decades. The blatant damage control is insulting to the public’s collective intelligence.

I want no part in this farce anymore. I just refuse to visit MSM websites and/or watch their channels on TV anymore.

So, if you are abandoning main stream media, how do you get the news that’s important to you? I’m figuring that one out but for now I will just do things the old fashion way, with my brain.

Want the weather report? Step outside and see if a cool weather or rain weather coat is in need.  Need more information? Turn your car radio to the AM radio band and tune to the static between the radio stations.  Hear some scrambling pops in the static, that’s a lightning discharge in the area, go back inside the house and get an umbrella. Hear a lot of those same pops, expect a strong to severe thunderstorm and be ready for high winds and possible tornadoes.

Need a traffic report? Here’s a truth for you.  It’s backed up where it’s usually backed up. We all know this and yet many of us are surprised at encountering others during our daily commute. Pro tip here, later today, it will all head in the opposite direction as people head home and yes, you will see congestion.

Main stream media is going the way of the fax machine and postal mail for receiving and paying bills for many people. At least the postal service is useful for things like that delivery of potential packing materials for shipping.

You know, all those circular flyers for stores that you never clip the coupons out from or those ads for furnace cleaning and what not.  That stuff makes create packing material if you need to ship something.  Better yet, collect it and take it to the local recycling center and chat up others that there at the center. Catch up on the local gossip. You’ll find out more about local events than you ever thought possible.

Still find yourself needing some news? Read that local free paper that gets tossed at the end of your driveway each week.  You can find a lot of useful stuff in there and unlike MSM, they are not trying to be first with a ‘news’ story or using click bait to fund their operations.

Put that DVR you have at home to good use and record CSPAN.  Yup, that’s what I said, record CSPAN.  It’s mostly commercial free and you can hear all the fun stuff direct from the politicians mouths. No opinion panel tell you ‘the truth’ about what you just saw. While you are at it, record the NASA channel too and for some more variety, a kids channel with lots of cartoons.

Yes, cartoons.  You are never too old for cartoons especially in this day and age. We all need to laugh more. While your at it, go read more too. Books and more books. Visit your local library and enjoy something that we are all missing, some QUIET!

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

Random Thought for Friday, February 10th, 2017: Exhausted Dread Meh-Like Feeling…

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After last week’s post one would think that I would know better.  I am at the point that I think for lent this year, I will give up reading and watching main stream media.  When lent is over, I may not go back.

You see, what I am struggling with is not the fetid sewage that is the news as of late.  I just have a quandary. Back when I was a young student in school, our history class talked about the events leading up to World War II.  It was present like a bullet list in a modern presentation today. International lawlessness, muck racking, yellow journalism, etc..  The list goes on and on.

My question is this. Since the issues of concept of Yellow Journalism never stopped from before World War II, can it still be referred to in a historical context? History is supposed to be factual information about the past but if something started before I was born and continues to this day, is this still a historical element or a modern one?

For those who don’t understand what I am talking about, Yellow Journalism is defined as a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism. Yellow Journalism, Yellow News, alternative facts, fake news.  It’s all the same thing. Recklessness for no other reason than to make money.

We were taught in school that this only applied to newspapers, television and radio.  Call me silly, but this seems to apply to all forms of media both on and off the Internet these days. Fake News is just one of the many scourges the human species is enduring. We as a species think we are very advanced and worthy of our place in the universe and yet we still lie to each other to sell newspapers or web pages with excrement.

I truly believe that there are life forms that exist in the universe other than what lives on our humble little planet. I truly do and if they are watching, they must be shaking their collective appendages that hold their brains in disbelief. If nothing else, all this garbage that is being peddled as news is just proof that the natural order of the universe has been twisted into a mess.

Look out for when the universe has decided that enough is enough. I can see the fake news headlines now, “Democrats Organize Planets in Solar System to Boycott Orbits” or “Republicans Pass Bill to Implode Sun.”

Given what we have seen in the past 18 months, this doesn’t seem like a stretch of the imagination, does it? Now you may understand why I am exhausted.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Random Thought for Friday, February 3rd, 2017: Enough…

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Here’s the most accurate news headlines ever:

* Man Elected President of USA Does What He Said He Was Going To Do.

* Main Stream Media Calls for Outrage for President Doing What Previous Presidents Have Done but You Should be Angry Now Because We Say So.

* Main Stream Media and Allied Social Networks Continue Fake War on Fake News.

Enough already.  Seriously, enough with this continual dribbling garbage, okay? Main stream media continues its downward spiral with delusions of relevancy and we the people, are continuing to have to wade through this fertilizer. Enough of the Fake News, okay? Enough with telling us that the truth is fake and this peddling of this dribble is real.

We want news, not the reality show programming that has been shoveled our way. We want to know about the weather, local issues and traffic.  We want to know what is going on in the world, not what the media wants us to think about.  We can think for ourselves, stop insulting our intelligence.

Report facts, engage in journalism again and stop this “race to be first” and start the “race to responsible without opinion based reporting”.

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

Random Thought for Friday, January 27th, 2017: Words

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Words are powerful. Once spoken, they can not be returned to the void from whence they came.  Words can lift someone up or knock them down. They can inspire people to work to move mountains or oppress people into idleness and despair.

Every person has a responsibility when they use their words. We need to keep in mind that what we say and what effect those words will have on people.  Simply having the power of speech does not mean that we can wield it haphazardly.

We have to accept that if we are going to speak to people, whether a single individual or in front of a crowd, we are responsible for what we say. Words own you once spoken and define your image for others. Do you want your image to be that of a human being or the embodiment of rage and hate?

We need to ask ourselves, is this the world we want? Do we want to fight with each other? Does this help us as a person and/or as a people?  I would offer my words to answer that question.  Resounding words or more accurately a single word, No.

We need to start to treat each other as human beings again because at this moment in history, many of us are behaving poorly. Honestly I believe we have lost our way.   We don’t think anymore.  We reach out and cling to a world view without thinking anymore. When others offer a differing opinion, we call them names and vilify them. We smear them and bear false witness against them. We throw a tantrum and toss the toys out of the pram.

We need to think again as a people. We are better than this. We are smarter than this. We human beings have a greater potential than this. We the People, are imperfect but when we strive to be greater than ourselves, we achieve the limitless. We move mountains, we change the world so it begs the question, how do we become ourselves again?

Small moments. That’s all it takes.  You see someone in the grocery line in front of you who is short a buck on the til, offer to help. Open a door for someone. Let someone over in front of you when you are in traffic. Treat people the way you want to be treated.  Any of these things start the momentum. Don’t look to “leaders” to tell you how to change the world. We already know what we need to do.

Have the courage to be a human being because as long as we behave as the sheep we have become, we will herd ourselves into oblivion.

Happy Friday Everyone.

Random Thought for Friday, January 20th, 2017: Shattering Editing Hell

Welcome to Friday’s Random Thought.

Ugh…I am stuck in editing hell and yes, it’s with my own stuff.  Yeah…been working on the rough draft of my NaNoWriMo project and I am seeing that I let the plot bunnies run all over the place.  So I’ve been busy cleaning things up and I am seeing that I like the story more than I did when I started.

It’s just a lot of work. I know that in the end it will all be worth it.

Oh, I’ve been remiss.  I didn’t tell you what the NaNoWriMo Project is, did I?  Well, I am hopeful that this will become the sequel to my book Fragmented.  It’s been a couple of years since it was released and I’ve been tinkering with ideas but this past Christmas a lot of people were asking me if I was going to write a sequel or continue with something in the It Began Among the Stars universe. To tell the truth, I have a story for that universe pinging around my brain too. Something with The Wisp, I really want to do something interesting with that race I created.

Anyhow, keep watching for updates as I have stuff coming soon. If you need something to tie you over, head over to http://events.supportindieauthors.com.  There is a lot of awesome material there for sale!

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

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