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Mass/Social Media

Posted by delta on 16th August 2022

Here’s the thing. “The few” run the media. In doing so, they can present to you anything they want and they know you well enough to know how to sell it to you – via your interaction with social media, the cloud and the apps on your phones.

As such, “the few” have always attempted to make you believe that their agenda, beliefs or norms are the majority agenda, beliefs or norms… Non-stop… 24/7… and, like I said above, they are getting really good at it…

Turns out, they are not telling you the truth…

Turns out smoking is bad for you… Took 50 years for them to finally tell you the truth, but, oh yeah, smoking is BAD for you regardless of what the surgeon general said…

Turns out eggs are good for you… Took 10 years for them to finally tell you the truth about this one too…

Turns out that groups who often say to others “diversity is our strength” aren’t diverse at all…

Turns out the America government no longer regulates corporate America, they now subsidizes corporate America (calling it “investment”) – bailing out Fannie May, Freddie Mac, the banking industry and the auto industry was simply corporate welfare designed to bypass the free market – none of those companies did what they were suppose to do with the money – the real kicker, our tax dollars paid for it…

Turns out “American Oppression” is a myth. Do you see a mass of folks leaving…? No, they’re still trying to get here… The only actual oppression is the oppression of the Native population, who actually have no where to go…

Turns out NOTHING is secure online – never has been, since day one – keep your data, your feelings, your thoughts and your wants/needs offline…

Turns out that algorithms can perpetuate your existing prejudices so well, and feed you exactly what you want to see in the way you want to see it, that social media is more addicting than cigarettes or alcohol…

Turns out Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, TikTok and the rest of the social media platforms “own” your online existence and you have no control over it. You feed the algorithms every moment you interact with the algorithms with no say in how many, or which, servers your data is being stored on, or sold to. You do not own your information, they do…

Turns out the COVID-19 vaccine will kill and disable more people than the disease itself…

Turns out there’s not enough Lithium, Graphite, Nickel, Manganese, Copper or Cobalt in the world to produce the products needed for the new climate agenda – and, to make the issue more “fun”, China controls the mining and refinement of these minerals. 80% of the worlds cobalt, 90% of the worlds nickel, manganese and graphite refinement, 80% of the worlds tungsten supply – the list goes on…

Turns out America doesn’t produce any Titanium – Russia and China do – we are dependent on other countries for this metal which is vitally important to our aerospace, medical and defense sectors…

Turns out that mining for rare earth minerals generates extreme volumes of toxic and radioactive materials – Americans don’t want the reality of the mining and refining in their streams, rivers, upwind or backyards anymore – 10% of China’s arable land and 80% of it’s ground water isn’t fit for consumption – Americans would not put up with this…

Turns out the “Inflation Reduction Act” is simply corporate welfare designed to bypass the free market. The American government no longer has the juice to regulate corporate America so they have to attempt to bribe them into doing “the right thing”. Corporate America will take the money and not tell anyone publicly that it’s simply not possible to do what the government is asking them to do…

The truth will always out – they can try all they want, but it will always come out… In many cases it comes out years after the folks who began the initial media blast have earned their money and died – but it does come out eventually…

“Everyone” is so stunned when so and so wins this governorship or that Senate run because “the few” have been spouting the opposite for months in the hopes it will drive the majority away from the polls…

“Everyone” is so stunned when Congress passes this or that because the only mouth pieces being heard for months are those telling everyone it should, or shouldn’t, be done…

It doesn’t matter that the majority wants this or that… “The few” are presenting their views as the majority views to keep the majority silent, baffled and afraid to speak up… They want the majority to believe that they are in the minority… That is the game – always has been…

“The few” have the majority scared to death of offending – “the few” have the loudest microphone – “the few” are the only ones with a YouTube channel – “the few” are the only ones posting on social media…

There’s two things “the few” fear most: the free market and democracy. They will take your tax dollars and assure that companies and groups that the free market deems unnecessary will not be killed by the free market. They will use all their media prowess to keep you from going to the polls to assure the individual they wish to have in office wins…

I have two groups of friends in Ukraine at the moment. One is a church group and one is there to assess the situation.
The church group is surrounded by folks who have to drink and pass out “the cool-aid” or they will be disposed of the moment they present anything other than the “Ukrainian Experience” that the Western Press wants to present. The Church group is being led around like a tour group at a Hollywood set with sound effects and all in the background.
The other group of folks have spent time with the Ukrainian forces and the Donetsk and Luhansk freedom fighters. On the ground, they have seen Russians providing logistics, medical care, weapons/ammunition and food but nothing more (in other words, Russians are not fighting, they are supporting).
“The few” will be more than happy to print everything one group has to say and what the other group assesses will never be known…

“The few” will only present what they want you to believe as the only fact, the only truth and the only way “forward”… They will not present both sides of a story anymore – you either believe what they say without question or you are a zealot…

They throw around words such as “insurrection“ and “terrorist” to the point that any group of people can be under scrutiny – for nothing… It’s beyond ridiculous… Those words have lost their meaning… Any person standing up for their rights can now be called a terrorist and any act they do to proclaim their rights (such as marching to city hall) can be labeled as an insurrection – “the few” get to make their own rules as far as the labeling goes…

I hope there’s a way out of this without a civil war, but I just don’t see it getting any better. The average democracy lives 300 years – give or take 50 years – we’re coming up on that quickly… I hope I’m wrong because China is just sitting in the wings waiting to take advantage of something like that…

“The few” plan. The majority react. This has to change. The one thing I learned again and again as a PM/TD is that being proactive will get you 10 times farther in life than being reactive. Three is one, two is none…

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Fear and Willful Ignorance

Posted by delta on 8th August 2022

Ever hear someone say “I fear no man” – sure they do. If someone is holding a gun to their mother, wife or kid…? Stupid thing to say…

When you tell a smoker that smoking will kill them someday and they say “I’m not gonna live in fear” – they are living in fear:  fear of their life without cigarettes and all that entails for them…

When you tell an alcoholic (or drug addict) they are killing themselves, or may kill someone else, and they respond “I’m not gonna live in fear” – they are living in fear:  fear of withdrawals, fear of the urge not being fulfilled, etc…. What they are saying is “I don’t care, I have a hunger and I’m gonna fill it”…

Totally off topic, but when I was in college I totally got a kick out of the tree huggers who smoked non-filtered cigarettes and drove beater-gas-guzzling cars – it was the funniest thing in the world to me…

There are certain things in life that are oxymoronic.  Usually, when someone responds to something with “I’m not gonna live in fear”, they essentially mean they want to live in willful-blissful ignorance because they live in fear of losing what they have and/or hunger for.

When you tell someone they should consider moving because where they live may not be safe in the here and now and definitely isn’t a conducive environment for their children’s future and they say “I’m not going to live in fear” – they are living in fear.  They are living in fear of leaving their comfort zone – personal history, friends, family, church, etc.  They are living in fear of losing their income.  They are living in fear of losing their home.  They are living in fear of finding an income, home and comfort zone “over there”.

It’s the very definition of “Willful Ignorance”

When someone says “I’m not going to live in fear” they are simply saying “I’m not going to give up my things.  I’m not going to give up my income.  I’m not going to give up my comfort zone.  I’m not going to give up my history.  I fear my life without them.”  It’s completely about pride and control.

WWJD…?  Better yet – what would He have YOU do if you asked Him…?  Pray On It.

The only person who lives without fear is the person who does not fear death – the person who is willing to give it all up right here, right now – the person who literally believes there’s a place better than this one and looks forward to being there as quickly as possible…

As I wrote the post above, I kept thinking of this not-so-funny old “joke”:

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In the midst of a heavy hurricane season, a small town in Florida is alerted as likely to be hit very hard by one particular storm. An emergency notice it sent out to evacuate the town in anticipation of major flooding. One man in the town, Steve, refuses to leave his house, claiming, “I have no fear. God will protect me.”

Well sure enough, it starts raining heavily right on schedule. Early in the storm, the local fire department sends out their trucks to find anyone who hasn’t evacuated. With a river of water running several inches high in the streets, a fire truck stops at Steve’s house and asks him to come with them to safety. Steve proudly informs them, “I have no fear. God will protect me.”

The next day, Steve is now confined to the top floor of his house due to several feet of water flooding his house. Looking out his window, he meets the glance of a young fellow floating by in a rowboat. The fellow rows over to Steve’s house and says, “Gee mister, I’m sure glad I came through to check for anyone left behind! Hop in and we’ll get you to safety!” Steve confidently responds, “I have no fear. God will protect me.”

The next day, Steve’s house is mostly under water, and he’s left stranded on his roof. Along comes a chopper scanning for anyone in need. They find him and throw down a ladder, insisting that he comes aboard, to which Steve replies, “I have no fear. God will protect me.”

Well, not long later, our boy Steve finds himself facing Saint Peter at the pearly gates of heaven. Peter is surprised to see him, saying, “Steve? Is that you?! You weren’t scheduled to arrive for another 35 years!” Steve replies, “Yeah, let’s talk about that. I’ve devoted my whole life to God! How could he let me just die in a flood? I’m only forty years old!” Peter, equally confused, opens a book and starts flipping through it. After a minute, he turns to Steve and says, “I’m so sorry this happened, there must have been a clerical error. It says here we were supposed to send a firetruck, a rowboat, and a chopper to save you! I don’t know what went wrong!!”

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God will protect you – in His way, in His time. I think our problem is that we presume to know what that means… We assume He wants for us what we want for us – in the time we wish for – in the way we wish for… We attempt to lead Him in the direction we want our lives to go instead of following what He leads us toward because it’s not what we want to do or not “the right time” in our little brains…

To deny oneself…

I see a lot of people who try to control God’s input in their lives through “being too busy” so they can redirect the guilt they feel for not following Him… Or, they simply say, they “haven’t heard Him in a while” as a redirect because He has not told them what they wanted to hear…

To deny oneself…

“God wouldn’t do that to me” – who said…? Ever hear of Job…? No where in the Bible does it say this life is going to be easy – in fact, it says the opposite…

There is nothing easy about denying yourself, picking up a cross and following Him…

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