Too Rosy

For a long time I’ve been suspicious of our societal institutions. Particularly their sustainability and viability. At some point debt matters. Someone will be left holding the bag.

Things are mighty rosy now. I hope it lasts. Not counting on it though.

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#WalkAway

The testimonials are revealing and powerful. The mass media is downplaying the movement which makes me suspect it has some weight to it.

Many of the participants cite the betrayal of the media as their reason to #WalkAway.

Time will tell if it will have an impact on the coming elections.

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The dominoes are stacked.

I sense the dominoes are stacked waiting for something to trigger the cascade into disorder. What, how and when are the questions I ponder. The why and the who will come later.

Despite that shade, life has never been better. I’m grateful and enjoying the present. What lay ahead is beyond my control for the most part. I endeavor to be resilient and useful in the ways I can. I am Blessed,

 

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Bogus or True?

The narrative driven media puppets distort events, statistics, “facts,” images, intent, labels, etc. to further the agenda of whomever is pulling the strings and signing the paychecks. The cognitive bias of many (most?) can readily find a vein to tap into that reinforces those beliefs.

Some current tropes making headlines are;

-Syria’s use of chemical weapons. I’ve seen believable “evidence” supporting and refuting this claim. I suspect it is most likely a false flag event to excuse military action, funding and attention in the region. Syria has essentially quashed the rebellion of thugs that likely would have converted a secular state into a theocracy of chaos. Syria has NO motive to tempt the wraith of the world by utilizing such weapons as the conflict comes to a close.

-Russians everywhere. It seems a few hackers can influence elections and rewrite blog posts of leftist “journalists” with impunity.  Why we feel the need to “poke the bear” is beyond me.

-The notion that we are swimming in oil is patently false. We are NOT an exporter of oil. Our consumption outpaces our production by at least 2 million barrels per day.

-We’re on our way to Mars and Earth to Earth rocket transport is on the horizon. At 90 million a launch this is nothing but a freak show.

-Nazis everywhere. The VAST majority of us can agree that the National Socialist Workers Party (aka Nazis) are TERRIBLE. The FEW that may subscribe to that dogma are not a credible threat to our Republic. Those who wish to sacrifice our Liberty and Justice to extinguish the smoldering remnants from its last incarnation will certain fan it back into a flame. Why anyone can believe that surrendering and stifling free speech will protect them is beyond me. The rights you deny others will eventually be denied to you.

 

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Doubling down on failure

The faith in “parchment protection” to remedy societal maladies puzzles me. The truly evil among us are not detoured by imaginary protections.

Being formidable would better serve the vulnerable. Disarmed does NOT equal safety.

The pressure to add yet another layer of phantom barriers in the pretense of keeping us safe is building. In reality the malefactors benefit from these measures in the form of a safer work environment.

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2018

So far 2018 has shown no sign that reality is part of our daily experience.  The binary “news” narratives and trivial outrage echo through social media widening the divide between humans/countrymen/neighbors/friends/family.

Life has never been so easy yet a boiling anger is poised to tear everything apart. This is apparent to any looking in from the periphery. Perhaps the perceived chaos is what keeps media relevant.

Matters beyond our control have little relevance in our daily lives yet some choose to wallow there, seemingly oblivious to actions that can be taken to make the time we are blessed with better.

“Be the change you want.” -said someone

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2018 prognostications

My guesses for next year:

Gasoline will top $4 sometime during the year.

Dow has a 25% correction.

Interest rates remain very low.

Seahawks fail to make the superbowl in 2018.

Mariners fail to make the playoffs in 2018.

My interest in televised sport might be rekindled with the Winter Olympics if an internet path is available, I will NOT watch network coverage. The Tour, MLB, NFL, etc. remain soiled and unwatchable to me.

The rumblings in Saudi Arabia intensify and radiate beyond their borders.

The EU continues to crumble. I suspect the crash is a ways off yet.

The “perv-nado” (male sexual harassers) brings down more celebrity and political elites but the tide will peak and ebb this year. A few will be exonerated, though they will be forever chard by the flames of accusation.

The democrats will make modest gains in the mid term elections.

The Russian conspiracy investigation will not lead to impeachment.

Corporate legacy media will continue its trend toward irrelevance.

North Korean tensions come to a head.

The Clintons’ reputation further degrades as more corruption comes to light.

Funding for colleges declines.

Gold tops 1,500.

NFL ratings continue to slide.

The Fed raises interest rates .25% one time.

An alternative to Youtube emerges.

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