Sunday, December 27, 2015

Post-Holiday Roundup

Well, it didn't feel much like the Solstice-Saturnalia-Christmas-Festivus-Kwanza time of year, did it? Many of us got to bask in warmth that rivaled spring, and even some sun on one or two of the days. Still, as I commented below, it was also somewhat creepy in its anomaly. Normally most people don't have to worry about deadly storms and freakishly long-lasting tornadoes for Christmas, but the heat brought just such destruction for many from Texas to the southeast.

As Dane points out at Geoengineering Watch,  "Populations in first world countries have been very successfully conditioned to believe that they are immune to the world's problems. Most have convinced themselves that if they ignore dire issues for a long enough duration, the problems will magically go away. This very delusional notion is very close to being completely obliterated. Converging catastrophes are now here, there is no place to hide."

In other words, this is just the tip of the melting iceberg. Some commentary has described this as the new normal. My sense is that we will not see "normal" again in our lifetimes.

Meanwhile, in the the national insanity realm, some bloggers over the past weeks have been writing about Trump and his fascist and racist rants. Some see parallels to Germany in the 1930s, which is not at all unfounded. But the rightwing explosion of reactionary hate-mongering isn't just going on in America. Take a look at what's going on in Germany now.

The conservative mass media has been hyping threats from "terrorists" for so long that they've managed to whip up the low-information set into a foaming frenzy that's turning into violence in a number of places across our country. Mosques burned, and people who appear to be middle-eastern are being attacked, verbally and physically. And, the literal hysteria over possible refugees from Syria - and all the while, xenophobic Republican candidates like Trump get all the media coverage, while candidates like Bernie Sanders are barely mentioned.

So...what's on YOUR mind this X-mess week?? Please add your own rant or shout-out below. 

(The disqus comment format has been ditched, apologies to anyone who may have had trouble with it).

4 comments:

  1. Gotta wonder what's really behind the hate pandemic. Ever since idiot #44 uttered "I'm a uniter, not a divider" we've seen nothing short of catastrophic division.
    And since all the BS concerning how the NSA, FBI and especially the CIA have had their cover exposed the last few years concerning their involvments in coups, assinations, revolutions, drug pandering and laundering, some special psycho mind games played on everyone, Americans included and who knows what else, hatred has become rampant globally.
    Without trying to sound like a Conspiracy Theorist, it looks to me as though there's an organized effort world wide by some government(s?)to increase the hatefulness in people. And the fact the media is complicit doesn't help.
    What they want out of it is total control over everyone with the decisions of life and death at their disposal and people are to god damed stupid to look past their noses.
    1984 was a child's book compared to what will be written about the next 20 years.

    FT

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  2. "...it looks to me as though there's an organized effort world wide by some government(s?)to increase the hatefulness in people. And the fact the media is complicit doesn't help."

    I believe that's true. I read this today and it's so painfully true and obvious that most of us don't see it:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/25/americas-addiction-to-violence-2/

    We are most definitely being "programmed."

    I'm afraid your last sentence will prove to be deadly accurate.

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  3. It's painfully obvious we have some tough, and undoubtedly some seemingly impossible years to endure ahead. It's anyone's guess what the coalescing events will be that trigger the "tipping point", although it's fairly certain that activities in the Middle East over the last fifteen years are pushing the envelope.

    Also, thank you for dumping Disqus into the trash heap. It's always been a royal pain-in-the-ass.

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