I SORT of watched the Oscars last night. Whenever I got insulted, I would change the channel, which happened a lot.
In the past years I have written about how to pick the winners at the Oscars: Just pick the movie that expresses the liberal causes, and that‘s your winner. It’s easy. Was the movie about the sufferings of :gay? women? Muslims? blacks?
OSCAR! Add a few devastating illness and you have some variety.
It works every time. The good news is these Hollywood actors have become the loudest mouthpieces for the democratic party, and anybody who doesn’t tow the line of liberal feel good causes are…trashed. And most of these movie stars have big mouths.
So, guess what? America stopped going to their movies as payback. You want to make fun of my conservatives values? Then I don’t have to go see your movies. It must bother them because Sean Penn made a comment about how “Movies don’t even have to make money, it’s all about the ‘art’.
And last year the movie industry lost BIG time. The movie that made half the profits, over $350 million and counting, was a movie about a true American Hero…a soldier.
Damn. What can you do when the nation STILL insists on those old fashion values? What every good marketing agent will do: you have to throw a few bones to the paying crowd.
They gave “Sniper” a nomination so those idiotic morons in the fly over states would tune into the Oscars and learn something. Maybe even go SEE those other movies and learn how wicked they are. Like how homosexuals want to kill themselves when teenagers because they feel “different.” I think last year more soldiers killed themselves than homosexuals…but they don’t care. They have gays in underwear.
“Sniper” won nothing.
And then there was Oprah. The TITANIC Oprah, who made Chris Pine cry with the emotion of how black people should be released from jail…and how racism is rampart in our society.
When “glory” came on, being a thinking human being, with still the right to choose, we flipped the channel to “The Walking Dead” only to witness…two men kissing and loving each other, and my husband and I turned and looked at each other and said, “Oh no…NOT the Talking Dead too.”
STOP IT!! This was a plan to get us to turn BACK to the OSCARS! Ahhhhhhh…….
Lady Gaga, go figure, did a fine performance of songs from the “Sound of Music” The host was rather, boring. And so, I can see why he had to come out in his underwear.
“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation,” said Arquette. “We have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Somebody tell Hillary. Evidently, she has always paid women 72 cents to the men’s dollar.
During those years, the median annual salary for a woman working in Clinton’s office was $15,708.38 less than the median salary for a man, according to the analysis of data compiled from official Senate expenditure reports.
There wasn’t ONE movie besides Sniper that I would pay money to see. And at the end, the director of the year, a Mexican, made a plea for us to welcome with open arms all his Mexicans neighbors who deserve to be Americans:
Director Inarritu said he prays his native country finds “a government we deserve” and that immigrants to the U.S. “can be treated with the same dignity and the respect of the ones who came before and (built) this incredible immigrant nation.”
Wait. Now MEXICANS built this nations? Move over Muslims.
Don’t they know…that it was the WOMEN who built this nation! Every time I look at the Empire State Building I remind myself that it was built by… very muscular women, who claimed to be men.
Back then, nobody would have hired them if they had said they were female.
Clearly, they have many more movies to make. And I wonder, when they make this movie about how Mexican, Muslims and women built America, they will mention the fact that they were all actually gay?
I think I’m on to something here. Oscar worthy.
A mom posting a funny picture of her Down Syndrome son standing on his pet’s back to help wash dishes? Or the Mayor of New York saying that the New York City cops who turned their backs to disrespect HIM at the funeral of one of the cops that was killed by a black man, were actually disrespecting the families of those shot, instead of him?
Sarah wrote about Trig on her Face book:
“Happy New Year! May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward. Trig just reminded me. He, determined to help wash dishes with an oblivious mama not acknowledging his signs for ‘up!’, found me and a lazy dog blocking his way. He made his stepping stone.” In the pics, Trig is seen climbing on Jill Hadassah, adopted by the Palins last August.
Mayor De Blasio was probably still seething from the NYPD being TOLD not to turn their backs on him, and they did it anyway, said:
“They were disrespectful to the families involved. They were disrespectful to the families who had lost their loved ones. I can’t understand why anyone would do such a thing in the context like that.”
Obviously, THEY can’t understand why you keep putting them down.
Leave it to a flaming liberal to turn the real facts around and blame every body but himself. And leave it to the mainstream liberals to trash a woman who obviously KNEW the dog was okay. IF the dog had been hurt, do you even THINK she would have posted the picture?
And besides, Sarah Palin probably saved that dog from death if she hadn’t had adopted him.
The Mayor on the other hand, helped send two brave and loyal men to their deaths.
Liberals have repeated the morning democratic talking points so often, this man decided to put them all in a video.
Dan Joseph wins the Nobody’s Fool Award for the week, for putting the nonsense in humorous perspective.
I don’t think I’ve EVER seen Wild Bill so mad. The American People have always given generously of their time and money, and they send it to all corners of the earth.
Hear Bill tell you why the liberals are keeping Christmas gifts from reaching poor kids. It’s pathetic.
Bill wins my Nobody’s Fool award for the week…again.
Poor Loretta Lynn. She must have felt like a Duck Dynasty second sister out of water today—- in the middle of that love-fest of ‘progressives’ at the Metal of Freedom ceremony this morning. Obama used the occasion to remind the country one more time, why America should “trust” him. He sure knows how to pick winners, doesn’t he? All of them but one, were on Obama’s progressive road to Obamaland of the free, gay, black, female…and…obedient.
Using the JFK’s anniversary, Obama decided to give as many Metals of Freedom today as he could muster. He has a lot of PR to do, and if you wanted to know what the democratic party feels about anyone who is NOT a liberal, all you had to do was watch the ceremony: of course, KING Obama drew the ceremony out as long as he could. It was as much about getting his face on the television handing out metals to his beloved admirers as anything else.
So, let’s take a look at Obama’s hero’s:
Ernie Banks: Gee, a black baseball player from Chicago. He was there when baseball was filled with racist white ball players. (Never mind that those white guys gave him numerous awards.) Does Obama even WATCH baseball? Doesn’t matter. He’s black, he’s from Chicago, that’s Obama’s home town. Color that metal black.
Ben Bradlee: Editor of the liberal Washington Post. He was the hero that helped bring down that horrible Republican monster, Nixon. Obama needs more editors to bring down those corrupt politicians. Color that metal, control.
Bill Clinton: Good chance to show his superiority. Obama acted like Bill was just a nice guy, and really played down his accomplishments as president. He could have been talking about some saxophone player instead. Bill recently came out and said Obama should let people keep their insurance, so Obama had to show the world that he doesn’t really take Bill Clinton seriously. And since the ‘party’ will insist on Hillary as their next Presidential candidate, Ethel Kennedy had to walk them both (Obama and Bill ) to the JFK gravesite to “anoint” the royal successors. Color that metal, platinum.
Daniel Inouye: A democratic Senator from Hawaii. Whatever else he has done, the most important thing he did for Obama was make damn sure NOBODY got a look Barack’s birth certificate. Also, Obama ‘s presidential library is in Hawaii, no doubt on land donated by Hawaii, thanks to Daniel. He definitely gets a metal. Color that metal: Loyal.
Daniel Kahneman: He’s some kind of liberal psychologist which no doubt, being from Princeton, gave the elite democrats a blueprint for manipulating people. I have no clue why he’s here except you can be sure the democrats wanted a Jew because Steven Spielberg was in the room. He wouldn’t be here if he didn’t do something for their successes. Probably worked on Common Core. Color that metal, blue.
Richard Lugar: A Republican that Obama can love. Lugar worked tirelessly at Obama’s side helping dismantle our nuclear, biological and chemical weapons (Mostly ours) and he was all for gun control. (NRA gave him an F.) He went to Russia with Obama to look at their nuclear sites, helped Obama get Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court: Helped Joe Biden give $1.5 billion dollars to Pakistan, worked on biofuels: In other words, he’s not even a Rino. He makes most of the democrats look like Barry Goldwater. He was there for Obama to give praise to his “bi-partisanship.” Translation: He gives Obama whatever he wants. He gets a bronze.
Mario Molina The scientist who started the whole global—THE OZONE HOLE IS BEING DESTORYED BY MAN! and we need millions to save ourselves!! guy. He gets the green.
Sally Ride: Gee…she was a lesbian. And going into space was NOT her best accomplishment, it was working for gay rights. Sally’s wife was there to pick up the metal. Color that metal: gay.
Bayard Rustin: It’s bad enough that this man had the misfortune to be black, he was also ‘gay’ and he helped Martin Luther King, and got no credit because he was gay. But…his white man partner was there to accept it. This was a two-for-one dream. Black AND Gay, and loved by an old white guy! You can’t GET more diverse than that! If only the world could take this message. Color that metal: gold.
Artor Sandovo: Trumpet player from Cuba. Color that metal, communist.
Gloria Steinem: Gloria was on CNN afterwards and just wouldn’t shut up about how women are not paid the same salary as men, and those mean white men still thinks it’s a white man’s world, and how she was being honored by a God, and we are ready for a woman president, but we weren’t in 2008. You know, it’s not easy to stay the same mentally as you were when you were sixteen, but somehow, Gloria has managed it. Color this metal: still stupid.
Cordy Tindall I have NO idea. Civil rights activists…of course! Color this one black.
Patricia Wald: Patricia Wald, first woman appointed to U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and became the court’s chief judge. The liberals only admit women now into the jobs. They are much easier to control than men, so color this metal: control. AND…putting America under international law.
Oprah Winfrey: Well, she pretty much got him elected the first time, and recently has tried to become the new Mandela, and seems to have become his mouthpiece against racist white America who dare to question him. Oprah…will be there to protect and defend. Color this one, black with gold strips.
By the way—Obama had a Freudian slip before he gave her the medal: He said that people wanted Oprah to call herself “Sally.” before she became famous, and he said that they told him the same thing.
(Ok…is he trying to tell us those really ARE his boots?)
Loretta Lynn And last but not least, poor Loretta Lynn. Nobody Wonders WHY poor Loretta was invited because Bill Clinton snubbed her royally in front of the whole world when she reached out her hand to him. He just kept talking to Lugar, and walked away. Snob.
Loretta was the token…to show the poor white people of America that Obama still cares about them.
NEXT year: Chairman Mao, Michelle Obama, Burt and Ernie, Ellen DeGeneres, Beyoncé…have I missed anyone?
Oh yeah…Trayvon Martin. I can’t wait.
And for the final CNN orgasm: The four liberal Royals saluting…a dead democratic President.
And by the way, why didn’t Obama go to honor Abraham Lincoln?
Because…Thanks to Spielberg, EVERYONE now knows that Lincoln, was a Republican.
(And is it me? Doesn’t Hillary look REALLY short and pissed off?)
Okay…I’m almost finished with Howard Gardner’s propaganda book on Harvard’s guide to Social Engineering called, “Five Minds for the Future” And let me say, I was doing pretty well, until the last few chapters…then this came out of me—–
It’s official: Harvard should be razed to the ground. And I think, I could have a say in this as I have a land deed, handed down in the family, where the first schoolhouse was built, which later morphed into the Harvard college. I’m not kidding. I’m ready to kick them all out. Henry Adams tried to warn us all about Harvard, but no, they didn’t listen. It should have been destroyed long ago, because almost every elite politician that has ever ruin a good thing has come from Harvard. The Skull and Bones have really lived up to their names.
Like a creepy liberal, Howard is not up front about his global intentions to brainwash the world. The first part of the book is mild, and nebulous, and he could just as well be talking about a trip down the yellow brick poppycock road—-and then…he starts creeping: Because the parent have to work, it’s up to the teachers to mold the children into model workers. Individualism is selfish. In fact, it’s up to the state institutions to mold these kids into ‘community and unselfish workers.”
“In a New York City based program called Common Core, youngsters collect pennies from the community and then decide as a group how to allocate these financial resourced. Individuals with an entrepreneurial bents should be encouraged to build organizations that serve the common good, rather than more selfish ends, and that recruit and promote across the demographic spectrum.”
Yes! Get the little buggers to start taking money (that they don’t earn) and pass it around for fun! Howard keeps going—Students should ask themselves:
“What does it mean to be a lawyer/physician/engineer/educator at the present times? What are my rights, obligations, and responsibilities? What does it mean to be a citizen of my community/ my region/ the planet? What do I owe others, and especially those who through the circumstances of birth or bad luck, are less fortunate than I am? Community service and other forms of giving are or should be an important part of the curriculum of any schools.”
Howard,….our kids are doing so much community service now, they don’t have any time left to do math homework. The only good community service does it prepare them to dig ditches for the Chinese engineers who will be their bosses someday.
Then he talks lovingly about his favorite leaders:
“On the one hand they have adopted the heart of socialist ideology, a society in which property is not aggressively accumulated, many goods are shared, and each individual works to the utmost of his or her abilities.”
Howard’s ability is being a very good communist…we see that now. Stalin would be proud!
In the end Howard goes wants the adolescents—-
“Unlike younger persons adolescents can readily imagine different possibilities, try out and see what’s its like to be to be a scrupulous or an unscrupulous lawyer, a dedicated or a self centered-citizen. No longer do they dress up as Mommy or Daddy they envision themselves as a journalist or as a judge.”
Yes, they can also grow up to be just like an unscrupulous self-centered lawyer we all know that became President.
Mommies and Daddies just don’t rate anymore. So my dear readers…I must honestly tell you, that I am thinking about buying this book. It would bring me great satisfaction to gather a group of friends around the fire on a Saturday night, and burn it. I truly want to do my good deed for “community service.”
Howard. In fact…could you send me a copy for the good of the common core? After all, you do want to help the less fortunate, don’t you?
Long ago, I had a band called Coconuts. And in that band was a guitar player named Eric Vieth. We were on the road a lot, and Eric and I enjoyed many a deep discussion about everything, while passing the time between ‘gigs.’ After the band broke up, I tried to stay in touch with him. In fact, we both had the same philosophy teacher in college.
I thought the guy was a fool, and dropped his class. Eric, became one of his best friends. (Yes…it started there.)
Eric went on to finish his education, and became a lawyer. He still works in Missouri as a lawyer. This is all just background, because last year, after many years of not talking to him, I looked him up on the internet, and found…that the “mind” I used to love talking to…is now, very liberal.
Bill Moyers on the Sabotage of Democracy. This is five minutes of must-watch sanity regarding Obamacare, including a cogent analysis of the tantrum being thrown by Republicans, as well as the danger this Republican stunt presents to all of us.
And you know what? My heart is very sad at this. In life, Eric’s has had a much more successful career than I. But when I saw this, I remembered how FAR I have come intellectually since college, because it was in college when I used to think Bill Moyers was just about the coolest thing around. And then I left college and read other things. I read the Founders. I read history. I paid attention to life.
I read all views, and saw that our universities grind out battalions of these sort of “emotional and illogical retards” as fast as the waves rushing in on a beach.
What I’m trying to say is, I can’t figure out why Eric never got passed idealizing Bill Moyers…like I did. I always thought he was as smart as me.
I’m sad, because I know, Eric is not a stupid man. All I can think of is that guys like Bill Moyers and those like him, talk in very authoritative tones (much like the professors) So, I guess it’s like liberals feel the professors know best. You’d best believe them.
You would THINK that a smart person would check it out. We are not a democracy. We are a Republic. The people have a right to defund Obamacare if they don’t like it. It’s the way our system is supposed to work. But listen to Bill…the people want to sabotage democracy. They keep saying “YOU LOST! YOU LOST!” Well, that doesn’t mean we should put up with tyranny.
Damn right we want to defund it. Obamacare was passed on Christmas Eve, and NONE of the politicians even read it. And yet…people like Bill Moyers and my friend Eric are okay with it. They are even okay with all it’s faults.
And why shouldn’t they be? They are not effected by it. They live in the upper classes.
Eric is a lawyer. So…uh…what am I missing here?
Read Thomas Jefferson. Or…don’t you guys read anymore?
I would love to talk to Eric again, explore ideas, compare notes, wonder at the world like we used to do in old times—- but he thinks I am just an old married housewife who is…conservative and stupid. I know…his opinion of me shouldn’t matter. But…it still makes me sad, because when it all comes down to it…Eric is still in college. Eric is in many ways…still a child. I’m sure he thinks the same of me.
He may have gotten a degree…but his mind never went any further.
And I know, he feels very superior to me. Probably even pities me.
And that’s….sad…and you know what else is sad? I’m sure, there are thousands of others out there just like me, who has a very dear liberal friend, and misses having just a decent conversation. And think: Why can’t we have a conversation?
Why? Because they would lose all arguments, and they just can’t let that happen.
That’s what the democrats have destroyed. You can’t talk anymore to them. They are just…too obsessed with themselves, and their own ignorance. They have become…tyrants and don’t even know it.
So I ask myself…do I post comments on his Facebook page? …..
Do I really want to annoy him?
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be…Thomas Jefferson.
How come, Democrats cannot see any correlation between video games and violence? Nobody Wonders if it’s because Hollywood is used daily by the liberals as the perfect vehicle for molding the minds of the masses. If you put a limit on violent images than the door opens up for all kinds of “limiting,” and that’s not something they want.
I was thinking about this last night after watching an episode of “Bones.”
“Bones,” in case you have never seen it, is about a fictional genius character named Temperance Brennon— a forensic anthropologist, from the books of Kathy Reichs, who is herself is one in real life. She lives with an FBI guy named Steely Booth, and they both work for the Smithsonian and solve crimes.
There is a lot of fun science, and great characters, but Nobody Wonders, why they always have to put the “liberal” lessons in the story?
Last night, my husband and I were watching the latest episode of Bones, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Seely and the FBI psychologist were investigating some survival guy and his group. This guy had bought property, and built a bunker on that property, and so therefore, Seely, the FBI agent, and the psychologist, right away saw dangerous nut jobs.
In one scene, Seely, goes in with a group of FBI guys, guns loaded to “catch” these dangerous citizens, who were underground playing checkers.
And I kept saying to my husband:
“It’s the guy’s own property! If he wants to buy property and build a bunker on it, it’s HIS land. He hasn’t done anything wrong. So, if nothing happens, he will just have wasted a lot of money, and that’s HIS business…the only crime he’s committed is maybe wasting a lot of his own money…they can’t just go in guns a blasting legally, can they?”
The script was written, to show, that anyone who is a “survivalist” is a danger to America, and the FBI has a right to treat them as terrorists. Right out of Napolitano’s terrorists book, and placed in a very popular TV Sitcom. This stuff should not even be happening on a popular TV show, with fictional characters claiming that this very innocent American man was somehow a loon, a crazy nut job, on and on they went. I was disgusted that they left that whole scene in.
The show has feminist leanings…Dr. Brennen is presented as pure logic, and superior to her FBI boyfriend. She never marries Seely, the father of her child because she sees no reason to, another liberal lesson for the masses: Women are superior and marriage is outdated.
America is being indoctrinated with the best writers in Hollywood.
Nobody Wonders just how many people are being molded into thinking that the man who lost his legs in Iraq, is a real threat: The people building bunkers underground are VERY dangerous, and getting married is stupid because they are big fans of the show?
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Here’s a fun bit from FLOYD…which gives you the idea that God makes all things, and we have to ask…in his wisdom?
(Thanks to my Nobody self)
How do we judge our idols? At the funeral of Stan Musial on Saturday, held in the lovely Catholic ‘New’ Cathedral in downtown St. Louis…Bob Costas pretty much hit a home run. While I was crying at his words…and breaking up along with Bob when he got to the part (see video) about how Stan Musial said “Deal me in.” to the blacks in the clubhouse…it wasn’t until later that I remember Bob’s recent remarks about gun control during a football game not too long ago. (He wants to ban them)
You have to remember…Bob is a liberal…and yet, here was a liberal crying over the very things that conservatives pretty much take for granted. Decency. Integrity. Honesty. Stan Musial had all those traits..not only throughout his career, which stopped 50 years ago, but throughout his life. Anyone here in St. Louis, who ran into Stan Musial..got a big smile, and at the least, an autograph.
Conservatives everywhere, take those tratis for granted. To us, those traits are as easy as breathing. We didn’t think nothing of Stan being the way he was…after all…he was conservative. Went to church, stayed married to his high school sweetheart. Never put anyone down for their politics. He was a great ballplayer, sure…but there are millions that live their lives the same way Stan did.
I’m not sure Bob knows that.
An hour before the funeral, I saw an interview with Robert Redford. Robert Redford was repeating the Obama’s mantra: People don’t want change, but it’s coming regardless of whether they like it or not. Period. He was talking about conservatives.
Here’s Obama’s words:
There are going to be some areas where that change is going to be very hard for Republicans. I suspect, for example, that already there are some Republicans who embrace the changing attitudes in the country as a whole around LGBT issues and same-sex marriage. But there’s a big chunk of their constituency that is going to be deeply opposed to that, and they’re going to have to figure out how they navigate what could end up being divisions in their own party. And that will play itself out over years.
Among the crowd at the funeral was all the town’s sports figures: Whitey Herzog, Tony La Russa, Commissioner Bud Selig, and Robert Pujols. It was a very long program because they showed the whole Catholic Mass on TV.
So— Here was two great ‘conservative’ American traditions: The Catholic Mass and American Baseball, and the theme of the day, was not only what a great ball player that Stan had been, but what a great human being. Bob spoke as if…nobody sees this kind of decency anymore.
Obviously not him.
To Bob…(by his speech) men like Stan are..rare. Morality, decency, living a humble life…that’s the past.
Our country was founded on morality. On decency. On each man making his own mark, and then giving back. And those very important rules are based on religion. (That Obama smirks that we “cling”to.) That shows how much we have changed…Lance Armstrong, the steriods…you don’t have to look too far to see corruption in sports, or politics, or anything anymore for that matter.
And while Bob Costas eulogy will go down in history as being one of the best ever given about any man, Stan’s brother-in-law made an even more important reminder than the fact that Stan wasn’t prejudice. (As so many conservatives ALSO…are not.) He reminded everyone, that Stan Musial worked with the Catholic Church AND the Pope, (Back when Reagan was President) to help funnel money over to Poland, which helped defeat the communists in Russia and Poland. When Obama presented him with the Congressional Metal of Freedom last year, he certainly didn’t mention what the man did.
I’m sure, Obama could have cared less.
The “change” that Robert Redford and Obama are talking about is why I found this funeral so sad. I think, the fact that Bob sees the abhorrent behavior that has become the norm in our sports was why he was crying, and maybe he was asking himself… Why can’t all men be as decent as Stan Musial?
The real fact is: there are still millions of Stan Musials in America, living lives of ‘quiet desperation” helping their neighbors, loving their families, trying to be good citizens(buyinig McDonalds for the grandkids on Saturday)—and they are being attacked, while the sport figures, rap singers, horror fiction writers, movie stars…etc…are getting pats on the back for being basically rich drug addicts, adulterers, cheaters, and liars. The boys of summer are found on the ski slopes of Aspen, waiting for the next cocaine fix to come in.
Like Stan Musial, the common conservative man will never get on the news. And it’s that common, decent man who they want to not only ‘change” but crush.
Nobody could stop thinking about that through the whole funeral.
When the coffin was carried into the church, it had only a white linen drape. No flowers were on it. No roses of any sort. It was simple. Plain…like the man.
His grandson said “Gee, I had to follow Bob Costas.” with a sigh, but then said probably the most important thing: He looked into the camera and said he wanted everyone watching to try to be just like Stan.
Stan the Man, is the quintessence of the America that most of us grew up with. They drapped him in the American flag as they carried him out, as if to say to all the liberals: Here lies an American dream…watch and weep, and honor “Stan the Man.” He was the best of us.
And should you ever get to St. Louis, go stand in front of Stan’s statue, and bring a harmonia, and play a tune. Stan would love it…he never went anywhere without his. And don’t forget to read what it says:
“Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.”
Okay…so Joran doesn’t exactly have the slick look of the other internet guru’s. When Tom Beebe (Thanks Tom) sent me an article about this guy last week, I must admit, besides being upset about the “cashless’ society that the internet is taking us, I had not thought much about the other side— but I am now.
So Nobody Asks: Is there a downside to the internet?
Men love to invent…and thank God. For the short time they have been here, they went from clubbing each other with clubs, to threatening each other with the atomic bomb proving that many inventions have a double edge sword. One’s man’s ceiling is another man’s floor, and even Paul Simon would admit that he’d rather be a hammer than a nail.
While the sheer genius of the atomic bomb can be marveled at…the world is now in continuous fear of the next ‘nuclear’ attack, and some of us wish that it had never been invented..and did they REALLY think the future consequences of it through?
And so it is with the new digital technology–like the atomic bomb it is having a downside effect. With all the wonderment that has come with the ease of home computers, there is a man who is pointing out, that it could be the destruction of us all.
And that’s where Jaron Lanier comes in. Jaron was a Silicon Valley digital rock star. He was a pioneer and publicizer of virtual-reality technology (computer-simulated experience. ) and knew all the big guys; Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg, —-Google, Facebook, etc…and he is so upset about what he has created, he is going around the world and warning the rich guys…of what he calls, “digital Maoism.”
Jaron Lanier, calls this “digital Maoism” indicting “internet intellectuals” like Facebook and Google of being “spy agencies.” He wants to subvert the “hive mind,” as the web world’s been called, before it engulfs us all, destroys political discourse, economic stability, the dignity of personhood and leads to “social catastrophe.” Instead of an ever-upward enlightenment, it is just as likely, he argues, that the crowds will devolve into an online lynch mob.
And who could deny this? Remember how excited Obama was about the Arab Spring? Remember how it was declared that the whole thing came about because of FACEBOOK? Without FACEBOOK the riots would not have evolved. But what came of that? While Zuckerberg was taking victory laps with Obama’s plans to get rid of Mubarak, a huge vacuum was created and the Muslim brotherhood jumped into that hole, and took the reigns of power, leaving the ‘useful idiots” staring at their cell phones and wondering what the hell happened.
And Jason sees this as not a good thing. It’s Mob rule…which is what democracy is, and our founders hated it. He explains it as:
“An enabling and foreshadowing of mob rule, not a growth of democracy, but an accretion of tribalism. But it slowly is turning us into a nation of hate-filled trolls. We have economic fear combined with everybody joined together on these instant twitchy social networks which are designed to create mass action. What does it sound like to you? It sounds to me like the prequel to potential social catastrophe.”
And then there’s the economic side, which is much more damaging. Here’s more:
“I’d had a career as a professional musician and what I started to see is that once we made information free, it wasn’t that we consigned all the big stars to the bread lines. They still had mega tour profits. Instead, it was the middle-class people who were consigned to the bread lines. And that was a very large body of people. And all of a sudden there was this weekly ritual, sometimes even daily: ‘Oh, we need to organize a benefit because so and so who’d been a manager of this big studio that closed its doors has cancer and doesn’t have insurance. We need to raise money so he can have his operation.’
And I realized this was a hopeless, stupid design of society and that it was our fault. It really hit on a personal level—this isn’t working. And I think you can draw an analogy to what happened with communism, where at some point you just have to say there’s too much wrong with these experiments. So by taking value off the books, you’re actually shrinking the economy.” whoever has the biggest computer can analyze everyone else to their advantage and concentrate wealth and power. [Meanwhile], it’s shrinking the overall economy. I think it’s the mistake of our age.”
Since Jason is a musician also, he sees the damage here. Gates, Jobs, Zuckerberg, they just don’t get it because the ONLY job they ever had was creating the internet. But when you’re a musician you dream of the hit record, and with free downloads…the monetary rewards of original music went out with the proverbial free downloads onto your hard drive.
And not just musicians…the whole print industry has been changed: thousands of newspapers and magazines have shut down. Think of how many journalists have lost their jobs. And SO much misinformation is put on the internet, it’s hard to tell what’s true and what isn’t.
Many of our schools are getting rid of books, and giving the kids IPADS. They have stopped teaching cursive writing…texting will become so big in the future, that future generations will not even know how to make a complete sentence. Already in China, the kids are forgetting how to read, because all they do is text. Not to mention the waste of time everyone spends on their computers.
AND…when everything is online: books, money—- all that you do and say will go to the few people who run the world and who will have the power to completely control every single thing. Jaron is right. Jason even goes so far as to blame the housing crash on the internet:
“The rise of networking has coincided with the loss of the middle class, instead of an expansion in general wealth, which is what should happen. But if you say we’re creating the information economy, except that we’re making information free, then what we’re saying is we’re destroying the economy.”
To my mind a over leveraged unsecured mortgage is exactly the same thing as a pirated music file. It’s somebody’s value that’s been copied many times to give benefit to some distant party. In the case of the music files, it’s to the benefit of an advertising spy like Google [which monetizes your search history], and in the case of the mortgage, it’s to the benefit of a fund manager somewhere. But in both cases all the risk and the cost is radiated out toward ordinary people and the middle classes—and even worse, the overall economy has shrunk in order to make a few people more.”
We read of online bullying leading to teen suicides in the United States and, in China, there are reports of well-organized online virtual lynch mobs forming…digital Maoism.”
You know, too many of us know someone who has been grieviously hurt by the internet. I know a man whose girlfriend got mad at him, and went online to FACEBOOK and told all kinds of horror stories to their whole network of friends, and it even got back to his work. They were lies, and somehow he forgave her, and they made up, but the damage had been done. This is happening to millions daily. There is no recourse in court….in fact the law can’t keep up with it.
And if you think that the powerful people will think twice about hurting society, remember the story of Zuckerberg. When he first invented FACEBOOK as a student, he put up a very demoralizing contest and rated all the women on his campus as “ugly” or “cute” and everyone on campus got to have fun putting down women. Typical liberal. He was old enough to have a moral compass, but he had none.
It was…disgusting….and yet, Zuckerberg was forgiven for such an insidious prank because he was a genius. The question is, when these young, rich, and sometimes very immature boys work with Presidents, you DO have a Maoism. Zuckerberg has moved to China to avoid taxes.
No doubt Zuckerberg thinks he is saving the world, he’s not like Jaron who sees beyond himself. You COULD say that the internet is a young technology..it will work out the bugs in time.
I’m sure they thought the same thing about nuclear warfare. But unlike the atomic bomb…so far, we’ve been kept pretty safe from it..it doesn’t affect our daily lives. But the internet is working it’s magic every single day. Hopefully…Jaron will make the rich elites think: After all…he’s right…we are NOT gadgets….but like the ‘ape': We sure do love them.
One of my readers, sent me a very interesting article written by a Mr. Roger Simon, called, “Mind Your Own Beeswax!”: How Social Conservatives Can Win by Losing”
Mr. Simons’ main beef is about social conservatives and how they want to interfere in the lives of others, thereby being just as hypocritical as the left ( Read the article here.) –and that’s why the Republicans lost due to the women’s vote.
Oh my— blame it on those poor women. Those stupid Republicans need to be MORE hypocritical!
Being a woman myself, I wondered how I got a such a whole other sense from the elections–so I am simply going to write a letter to Mr. Simon, because frankly, I think he has been watching too much CNN. ——–
Dear Mr. Simon
After reading your article “Mind Your Own Beeswax” : How Social Conservatives Can Win by Losing.”, I must admit, I had no idea that it was the women that voted in Obama. I’ve heard from several different sources that it was the Latino vote. I’ve also heard that Romney lost because the Ron Paul supporters stayed home. There is a good possibility that Obama won by fraud, because of the fact that Soros bought the main frame that tallies the votes in Spain. I’ve already posted proof of how easily that could be done. Most people pick one or the other depending on their opinions on life, but the fact of the matter is, Obama got less votes than he did 2008, and Romney had much more support than McCain, so what’s the real truth? You say, it’s because of the Republican’s stance on women’s social issues.
Mr. Simon, I don’t recall Romney or any of the Republican candidates coming out and saying, “Yes, we must repeal Roe VS Wade, and all women should get back into the home and start having babies.” If you have a video of that somewhere I’d love to see it.
Nope. It was the Democrats that put that fear into the hearts of all the young single women, (the married women voted for Romney) because they know how hard it is right now for these women. They are having to raise the babies on their own, without another paycheck to help out, and on top of that, having to buy expensive Nike’s and cell phones, and pay for cable TV all by themselves simply because they can’t find a man to marry them, now can they? An extra paycheck in this economy goes a long way.
And why can’t they find a man to marry them? Are you saying they see an advantage in being single?
It was the Democrats who MADE the women the issue, not the Republicans, who were playing pretty poor defense on the ‘women’s’ issues the whole time. It’s the liberals who think that young single girls must not be …what did Obama say? Be burdened withe a baby. That’s right, a baby is a burden.
And in this economy, to a young single women, he’s right. Whew…the cost of diapers alone is enough to make you wonder if you will be able to afford paying that monthly IPHONE bill. After all, you NEED that phone to send baby pictures to all your friends!
Obama is giving women free condoms and abortions, so they can keep having sex, and still be able to use that what little money they are making at the Pizza place on basic necessities: Like buying new pumps, SUV’s, or IPADs. Is it any wonder that they vote for him?
Should the Republicans have offered free IPads to the girls? Why not just buy the votes like the Democrats..that would make more sense, then you can keep your conservative principles.
“For every single woman out there, who votes Republican, we will give her a brand new Ipod, Iphone, AND a $100 dollar certificate to Banana Republic!”
There, I just put the Republicans back in power. You’re welcome. But back to your article—
You said: “The Right is guilty of its own kind of hypocrisy. It’s interesting how some of those who most vociferously object to government interference in our economic affairs are most desirous of government interference in our personal lives.”
Nobody Says: Okay. What Republican politicians actually said, that if elected, they would repeal the right to abortion? Romney said he would leave it up to the states I believe. That’s a far cry from some kind of draconian law of control. But I suppose you think passing a law that says we ALL have to pay for that single girl’s abortion is a very good idea. So far, I did not hear Paul Ryan or Romney say they were going to limit abortions. State some names on this sir…help me out.
You said: “Republicans will be the nanny for our private lives.”
Nobody Says: HUH? Like I said, WHERE did you get this from? Obama will soon sign the Agenda 21 which will give the United Nations a right over YOUR child. You lose all parental rights. That’s about as private as you can get. Come on…fess up. James Carvel is your second cousin…right?
You said; “Republicans have been losing the women’s vote for years and it is only going to get worse if we don’t take the social issues off the table and put them back where they belong, at home.”
Nobody Says: The only people who put social issues on the table this past election was the Democrats. They were the ones who used the mantra force of those “evil” pro-lifers, and the young single women were stupid enough to buy it. Once again… are you from MSNBC? What did I miss here?
You said: “The young vastly favor gay marriage. If you don’t think it’s going to be a fait accompli in the Western world in 25 years , you’re living in a cloud cuckoo land.”
Nobody Says: Yes, you support gay marriage. You have a RIGHT to support it, but not a right to force everyone else to . Ever wonder why? Because for the past 10 years, the American people have been hit daily with propaganda about “gay rights” and if they are Christians and don’t like it, they are labeled as EVIL.
So, you think because the left’s brainwashing has finally gotten the young people to accept it, every person who is against gay marriage, should just accept it too. After all,….the vote is in.
I guess you accept Obama’s death panels too?
You also say—“Marriage should be outside the government”
Nobody Says: Well…I agree…then the gays could get civil marriages. Why not? Let them pay big taxes too. And hey, there are states now where they can go get married, right?
BUT…gay have rights already…so why in the name of “gay” should Christians Churches should be FORCED to perform gay marriages by law? Or pay for abortions by force of law? And it’s the will of Obama to force everyone to bend to his private views.
If that’s not against liberty, than I don’t know what is. You’re a libertarian, right? What part of ‘liberty’ do you uphold? The L and the E?
The world has changed, and you are basically saying: Admit defeat….your conservative social morals are old and outdated and the women have arrived. Sacrifice your principle, for the good of my pocketbook.
Nobody Thinks that’s exactly why we will all be slaves. It’s in the communist plan (that all the leftist loonies use) to get rid of religion, AND the family…and then the state can control everything.
But..libertarians haven’t figured that out yet. Not that I stand for any party. ( I remain Independent.)
You letter makes sense, from a liberal point of view…You present it as pragmatic ( the young all accept homosexuals so that makes it democratically right) and women will have abortions forever ( so accept it as a fact) but what you do NOT accept, is the liberty of religious people to have their own views on the matter.
And in that respect, you might want to check..I think you might be a closet democrat.
So…let me get this straight: The nation is now filled with fatherless children, and women who can’t afford too many kids, so abortions needs to stay legal, and conservatives should just get off the “social” subject, admit defeat, and get to fixing the economy, even though the taxpayers will be PAYING for all these women and children food and housing, etc, AND abortions and contraception’s on top of it?
And if we did, Republicans would start winning?
I want what you’re drinking, Mr. Simon….I think they call it a Libertarian Zombie..
Am I right? Or…are do you live in Colorado?
____about the meaning of words.
I was talking today to my good friend amfortas in Australia (many of you know him from his more than enlightening comments) and he told me, while laughing, that Americans have so many things backward: For instance, we call our Democrats, liberals. To an Englishman, a liberal is a Ronald Reagan, who by our definition was a true conservative. They have the liberals and the labor parties. We have the ‘liberals’ and the ‘conservatives.’
After watching the video, it seems I am a classical liberal, as is …Ron Paul.
SO…WHY do the Democrats in this country call themselves liberals when they, by the English definition, are completely the opposite?
because they can’t call themselves socialists. In fact, up to this past year, it was a dirty word in America. Just four years ago, when running for President, Hillary finally did come out of the closet and admit she was a “progressive.”…communist being too strong a word. The Democrats always lie and confuse…whenever possible.
So, once again, the Nobody learns from the somebody. Give the video a watch, you might find out that YOU TOO…are a liberal! OMG…Who knew? And, it’s about time we ‘correct’ those masquerading as liberals out of respect for the real meaning of the word…don’t you think?
(Thanks to amfortas)