A rambling blog post

Our constant hysterical political climate disgusts me.  Trump’s constant braggadocio, petty attacks and rambling , fact-free word salads disgust me.  The Democrats and media hysterical spin about Trump disgusts me.  As far as political commentary or analysis goes, the various smart takes in 2016 remain the same in 2019, as our American political hamster wheel spins round and round.

For the most part lately, I’ve gotten off the daily habit of tracking the partisan spin throughout the day.  Perhaps if something interesting or new happens, I’ll write about it, but fair warning, the rest of this post will be another detour about my efforts to make peace between our consumerist culture and the myriad counter-cultural efforts to combat our wasteful American lifestyle.

Last night I watched a short CNN video on Twitter about a fashion designer, zero waste daniel, who started a clothing design business using only scrap fabric waste.  His approach of sewing together small scraps of fabric to create larger pieces of fabric, from which to construct his clothing designs, while being a trendy environmental-mindful concept, does highlight our society’s love affair with consumer goods, where most of us acquire way more than we consume and live totally unconcerned about our wastefulness.

There’s a common mindset among more conservative Americans and the political right to dismiss everything coming from the liberal environmentalist echo chamber, but perhaps we should all try to be a little more open to listening and considering the merits of ideas, before making snap partisan political judgments.

Many aspects of our environmentally conscious activism do stem from the political left, then take hold in American businesses, who react to the political activism.  Many businesses respond to and embrace the latest politicized framing of appropriate environmentally conscious policies.  This type of political pressure infuriates many on the right.

On the merits, though, pushing all of the politics aside, being less wasteful, using less disposable packaging and taking a more mindful approach to our consumer habits seem like very traditional, conservative American thrifty values, that would even have appealed to Benjamin Franklin and most of our American founders.  The less wasteful approaches definitely were ingrained habits to my parents and grandparents.

Moving to a crafting/needlework blog post, explains why I haven’t been blogging much lately…  I have been stitching away… using all stuff that’s been sitting here for many years.

I struggle with my consumerist mindset and am working to rethink my relationship with purchasing many items, that clutter up my home,  and often have never been used.  However, moving to a zero waste lifestyle takes way more commitment and effort than I will expend, so it’s small steps in my life.

For decades, I purchased loads of craft and needlework supplies, without much concern or thought about the possibility of having too much stuff.  Yet, the thought of parting with my craft and needlework stuff just isn’t happening yet, but I now strive not to buy more, unless it’s some basic supply that I really need.

A few years ago, I began an effort to make projects using only stuff I already have and that’s what that hummingbird cross-stitch picture above is.  I bought a bunch of small Spring-themed counted cross-stitch kits  (and some not so small ones too) on clearance at Walmart, over the many years that I worked there.  I stitched a couple of these a few years ago and posted a photo, but never fear, I have more to go:

I have a hard time seeing to stitch on 18-count, so I used 14 Aida cloth from my supplies for the  hummingbird and a bunny kit last weekend.  I bought two of the bunny kits, for no logical reason…:

I did finish that Diane Graebner Amish design (out of the hoop and needs pressing):

Learning more about finishing my needlework into some useful or decorative item leads me to read a lot of cross-stitch blogs and browse Pinterest frequently.  That habit leads me to want… more new cross stitch stuff, especially the nicer linens and evenweave fabrics and threads.  It takes a constant effort to remind myself that, while stitching on plain old Aida cloth isn’t as nice as stitching on expensive fabrics, these kits and Aida projects still look nice, I think.

Yesterday afternoon, I was torturing myself looking at the blog of a very talented cross stitch designer, Brenda Gervais.  All of her patterns scream, “I want to stitch that!”.  Gervais wrote a short background story to her 2017 series, Summer Schoolhouse ~ Lessons in Abecedarian.  She relates how she found a small children’s book while hunting for antiques, but it wasn’t just any old book.  It was a copy of the oldest children’s book in the Library of Congress and it’s considered to be the oldest children’s book in print.   This book contains the first documented use of the word, baseball.  In the process of browsing cross stitch blogs, I learned a new word: abecedarian and a bit of historical trivia too.

To fill my fix for something new, there are lots of free patterns online.  I stitched this free St.Patrick’s Day cats piece, by Lynn B., twice.  I am going to make them into little decorative pillows or perhaps frame them, but one is for a family member and then I liked these black cats so much, I stitched one for me too:

Yesterday, was another free pattern start, Russian Dolls, this one from DMC:

Plus, I have a bigger cross stitch project of a Liberty Bell, that’s in progress, but that one deserves a fancier Belfast white linen, not plain old Aida cloth.  Just started this, so it’s only the top of Independence Hall and some of the lettering:

Of course, still working on plastic canvas too:

Not sure what I’ll do with this house picture, but it’s a design that I like, so I stitched it…

It’s very hard for me to concentrate on writing lately, but I’ll try to get back to politics soon.

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  1. JK

    Hello LB. I pray you’re doing as good as can reasonably be expected.

    Some few things I’ve avoided bothering you with but which, for a time, I’ll keep from going into because I don’t, at the moment, have a clue how its all going to turn out. Mom and Sharon are well. Something turned up at my most recent physical which I’m going to have to attend to but, as I say, because how I don’t as yet have a real clue, … Well I’ll leave it at that.

    Onward.

    Your site’s the first place I began to have a real understanding of all the ways our beloved Republic is going to the dogs because of ‘narrative’ or, as you’ve so accurately and thoroughly laid out spin.

    I imagine you, acquainted with how people like you and me ‘get into things’ probably had a pretty good idea that I’d be closely following something to get a better grip on which, when I first saw the video the whole nation’s seen my first reaction was ‘that sure looked like a deliberate murder.’

    But. As I also well knew, the early reports are always wrong.

    So. When you can get an hour and a half you can sit through a video presentation, scroll down to the end of this post and pay careful attention to it. Personally, I watched gavel to gavel and though my better angels [tried] to inform me ‘hung jury’ my understanding of spin said, that ain’t gonna happen. And it didn’t.

    Another pillar of our Republic looks to be on a very shaky foundation:

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/04/video-chauvin-post-trial-analysis-with-prof-william-jacobson-and-andrew-branca-esq/#more-351715

    • JK, Hope your medical stuff isn’t anything serious. Had to have an ultrasound myself, then a MRI today, to ascertain if there’s something to worry about or not.

      I didn’t watch any of the Chauvin trial coverage. Unfortunately, at times in the past four years, I’ve let my disgust of Trump lead me to break my rule of not trusting anything the media spins up. The Chauvin case, was one where I didn’t trust the spin narrative, because anytime Al Sharpton and Ben Crump show up, I expect the facts to be grossly misrepresented and plenty of facts to be deliberately omitted.

      I don’t have the energy to follow much of the Twitter spin war, which is still the main spin battlefield in America, I did tweet a bit the past few weeks, but I’m really weary of most of the news media peeps and pundits on there, running the same spin battles over and over, with the same expected outcomes and neither side makes any sustainable gains at changing the big picture spin war trajectory – it’s all entrenched spin battles.

      I’m very perplexed about the January 6th “insurrection.” I found Trump’s rally, to try to stop a constitutional process, obscene and I watched his speech and Don Jr and others that day. What got me so upset, though were the reports of 5 people dead – the Air Force vet and 4 cops was the reporting, which I believed

      Anyway, I can understand charging people who destroyed property and who forced their way into areas closed to the public, BUT after all these months, it’s now down to only one person was actually violently killed that day and it’s the Trump-supporting Air Force vet, who was shot by someone, ostensibly law enforcement. Neither the FBI nor the Capitol police ever did any public briefings or updates, which seemed very bizarre.

      Now, it’s released that the Capitol police officer, who was spun up to have been attacked by Trump “insurrectionists” and struck with a fire extinguisher, was never hit with anything and died of two strokes.

      The FBI and Capitol police sure have some questions to answer.

      What bugs me the most is the FBI has made this massive effort to track down every single Trumper in the Capitol that day, but no one will answer questions about the dead Air Force vet, who was shot in the head and the FBI has not bothered to track down any of the rioters and looters and anarchists, who committed serious crimes last year in that rioting. When federal officers were trying to apprehend Antifa thugs trying to set the federal court house in Portland on fire last year, the media & Dems launched a big spin attack accusing the feds of nefarious activities:

      https://www.npr.org/2020/07/17/892277592/federal-officers-use-unmarked-vehicles-to-grab-protesters-in-portland

      This spin effort was intended to ramp up hysteria against federal agents, who were trying to protect a federal court house. The Dem/BLM spin circus used this same spin narrative with the protests at the White House and in DC during those protests accusing Barr of using illegal secret police.

      Something is very wrong at the FBI and DOJ, where they have to know these were partisan spin lies, but Wray has done nothing to track Antifa or BLM rioters and looters and anarchists.

      We can’t have two separate legal systems based on partisan politics, but that is assuredly what it appears has developed. And the next location Dems, the far-left, BLM are turning their sights to foment this sort of racial activism and two-tiered set of rules is the US military, where Austin is on the hunt for white supremacists… It’s going to be a disaster for maintaining trust in the chain of command.

      I think I’ve written more about the spin information war in America than just about anyone else and that’s only because of what happened to me in 1998. I doubt I’ll ever get a chance to expose that grotesque abuse of power, but all I can say is many of those same thoroughly corrupt people have powerful influence in the Biden WH. Fun times ahead, for sure.

      What will assuredly be worse than a Biden WH is if Biden is pressured out of office by the Obama women, who are installed as his minders, and we end up with a President Harris. Then the Obama women would demonstrate how catty women, with some power, really operate and it would be quite something to behold.

  2. JK

    Because I *know you yes, “interesting” covers it pretty good.

    We’ll see I suppose whether these fine folks get one of them there $27M payoffs Minnepolis-style before the defense even gets to open its side of the story:

    https://tbdailynews.com/makhia-bryants-mom-previously-charged-with-child-endangerment-and-assault-father-kicked-girl-in-video-and-has-extensive-criminal-background/

  3. JK

    And as you’ve noted those inconvenient ‘fact gaps’ in the spin narratives you might “enjoy” scrolling through those charged (*note – there’s not a small number whose cases have been recently updated)

    But anyway, see how many are actually charged as the spin would have it with Conspiracy to commit Insurrection:

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/capitol-breach-cases

    (You’ll find that Sullivan feller I mentioned above in here as well.

    • Quite an omission by the prosecutor there, JK. This seems to be a recurring problem with these “violent insurrection” cases.

      Here’s the Dem “insurrection” spin game, explained by none other than James Carville:

      “James Carville
      First of all, the Democratic Party can’t be more liberal than Sen. Joe Manchin. That’s the fact. We don’t have the votes. But I’ll say this, two of the most consequential political events in recent memory happened on the same day in January: the insurrection at the US Capitol and the Democrats winning those two seats in Georgia. Can’t overstate that.

      But the Democrats can’t fuck it up. They have to make the Republicans own that insurrection every day. They have to pound it. They have to call bookers on cable news shows. They have to get people to write op-eds. There will be all kinds of investigations and stories dripping out for god knows how long, and the Democrats should spend every day tying all of it to the Republican Party. They can’t sit back and wait for it to happen.

      Hell, just imagine if it was a bunch of nonwhite people who stormed the Capitol. Imagine how Republicans would exploit that and make every news cycle about how the Dems are responsible for it. Every political debate would be about that. The Republicans would bludgeon the Democrats with it forever.

      So whatever you think Republicans would do to us in that scenario, that’s exactly what the hell we need to do them.”

      https://www.vox.com/22338417/james-carville-democratic-party-biden-100-days

  4. JK

    I’ve been ‘out’ for awhile LB.

    Needed to resolve some stuff between me ‘n Sharon. First week of February we ‘split the sheets’ and only just now have [mutually] decided we should be together. That’s mainly what I was avoiding telling you.

    Haven’t read your comment yet (we’ve been in ‘negotiations’) but earlier today I became aware of this:

    I’m only just now beginning to listen so …

    • I hope you can work things out, JK. Life is short. I’ve thought of many, “I wish I had done things differently,” in the past several weeks. That shit in 1998 really took a toll on my marriage. Mainly, I’ve wished I had never written a single word online or challenged their stupid spin war, but that bridge was crossed back then. Can’t change the past, that’s for sure. Everything I wrote in Messages of mhere was true.

  5. JK

    Would this classify as “spin” or is it more like ‘disinformation’?

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/corporate-news-outlets-again-confirm

    Incidentally, I’m nearing the end of Matt Tiabbi’s book Hate Inc. and I would wholeheartedly recommend you read it too.

    • JK

      Well, I think I’m satisfied with The Hill coverage.

      Disinformation.

      https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/551623-rising-may-4-2021

      • I hope you’re being facetious JK. SPIN WAR is a massive organized, real type of information warfare and spin is and has been massive disinformation operations from the beginning in the 90s.

        Good thing is many people are now writing about how the Dems/liberal media spin war has destroyed news reporting in America. Back in 2015-2016 I started commenting on the stealth editing going on here on my blog and now people like Greenwald and others are researching that corruption and other spin operations that are thoroughly corrupt.

        I am still a voice in the internet wilderness, never got more than 60 or so followers on Twitter (currently at 54), but I do know some Repubs have borrowed my “counter-spin” advice (same as in 1998 on the Excite message boards) & I am fairly confident some prominent Dems know who I am on Twitter too – but none of them speak to me, or engage with me which is fine. I never used Twitter to make friends or acquire followers, only to try to disrupt spin attacks.

        I tweeted a lot lately, but am now going to take a break from Twitter. Perhaps I can settle down and write some stuff for my blog for a change.

        Thanks for the links and I always welcome more. And thanks for recommending Brett Weinstein. I’ve been listening to some of his YouTube videos. I love listening to his wife – she’s a great teacher, especially for me, a complete dunce on science matters. I started one with Brett and his brother, Eric, a math genius, but about 10 minutes in, I gave up, because I had no clue what the terminology they were using meant and even less about the topic – I was totally lost. It felt like listening to my son, who is physics and math whiz kid and got into quantum physics in college. Often I have no clue what he’s even talking about too, lol. (psst, I had the same problem with some of Malcolm’s stuff – totally out of my league). I am a very ordinary person – with no great intellectual ability, especially with math and science.

        I always liked history, especially military history and military strategy though – so I’ve read a lot about that. Without that mess in 1998, though, I likely would not have been so determined to follow and track the Dem’s spin information war all these years.

  6. JK

    I’m figuring you likely already have this but …

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5N_uAqApEUIlg32QzkPlg

    Yes. If it ain’t got Heather on also, sometimes it’s beyond me too much too. I really get a kick outta her sense of humor – and the way she goes about it, most times I don’t even realize she’s making a joke until it’s too late and I’ve fell for it.

    Hope you’re well. Sharon and me going out for lunch tomorrow, Wally World and, if we are up for it, going to see a couple we haven’t visited in I’m guessing six maybe seven months.

    (Must go to Wally’s – Had a kid over to till a new garden plot nearer the creek and I forgot to hide the snake I killed while doing it so, long story short, Sharon’s insisting ‘ain’t gonna go anywhere near no gardening until we get her some boots.’ I think she’s serious about the boots.)

    • Hate to revisit the Steele dossier, JK, but here goes. Today Susan Hennessey, a dedicated Dem spin operative on Twitter, has been appointed to the DOJ National security Division:

      Here’s what she told PBS Jan 11, 2017 – she worked for Lawfare and she said the Obama DOJ/FBI gave Lawfare a copy of the Steele dossier weeks before & that Lawfare circulated to other “communities” for opinions.

      Comey, Brennan and Clapper visited Trump on Jan 6, 2017.

      • JK

        And here I was thinking Trump & was Amateur Hour.

        Scroll down to the bottom of this to see her ‘in action’ on PBS:

        https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/05/doj-national-security-division-hires-loud-russia-hoaxer-who-defended-illegal-fisa-warrants/

        Weigh her words LB.

        Then, she was a ‘spin lightweight’ (obviously ignorant) but given this newly dubbed office appointment …

        Dictionary – ‘Ignorant’:

        https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignorant

        (I’ve seen however and, fairly recently, Merriam Webster colluding for the purposes of [some party’s] narrative. Too too bad Saint Mueller proved her ignorance but then again, empty assessments I’ve never been accused of – so far as I’m aware.)

        Good catch LB.

      • “Then, she was a ‘spin lightweight’ (obviously ignorant) but given this newly dubbed office appointment …”

        JK, She was obviously a dimwit on TV interviews, BUT she was a very aggressive, very effective Dem Twitter spin operative and there’s a growing nexus of Dem Twitter spin operatives moving from relative obscurity (since only a small percentage of Americans even follow politics Twitter) to the Biden WH. Twitter is where the political elites & spin operatives fight out control of the spin cycles, that then form the content across American mass media.

  7. JK

    “Twitter is where the political elites & spin operatives fight out control of the spin cycles, that then form the content across American mass media.”

    That’s definitely more succinct than Matt Taibbi managed to say it in Hate Inc. but I do think that’s what he was trying to get across.

  8. JK

    The Republic in which I was privileged to be born into and come to adulthood in, no longer exists. Where once this nation’s representative government consisted of but three distinct co-equal and counterbalancing branches now there are four.

    The Executive, the Congress, the Judiciary and now the “free press.”

    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/reporters-once-challenged-the-spy

  9. JK

    Here’s Bret and Heather from back in February:

    [And] I’m pretty sure I previously brought the article itself to your attention sometime in the past:

    https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/

    Lastly a book “review”

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/05/the-blockbuster-book-of-2021.php

  10. JK

    Heh heh …

    Just got back from our Amish neighbors (gardening sets) Went in all masked up but then noticed none of them were wearing ’em. I asked, “Hasn’t Covid affected y’all like it has everybody else?”

    “Not really.”

    “What’s y’alls secret?”

    “We don’t have TV.”

    • Well, JK, that’s funny, but true. I don’t have the energy to worry about masks,, especially when I have other stuff to worry about – like a very large duck that’s been sitting in my flower bed, in front of my house, all day… I identified it as a Muscovy male – feral https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Muscovy_Duck/id

      Hope he finds somewhere else to hang out. We get lots of critters in the yard here – woods behind us, swampy areas nearby too, but this is the first duck. When I talk to him he tilts his head and looks at me and a few times he stood up and wiggled his tail feathers when I told him he’s a pretty bird, but needs to go somewhere else. Yes, I’m not very effective at instilling fear in wild critters, lol.

      • JK

        Oh God. Laugh out loud & long! (Mom’s shouting What’s wrong with you? !!! … Sharon’s visiting friends).

        (Still laughing. Forgive any typos.)

        Recall my mentioning Heather’s ‘sense of humor’?

        Well she starts in with her shtick about 33 minutes in – on the subject of an antiparasitic drug known as ‘Ivermectin’ – [*time advisory] and although it takes quite awhile [maybe 20-30 minutes] before she steers the conversation to *funny [/sarcasm] but it’s worth listening to:

  11. JK

    You came to mind LB when I happened upon this:

    https://oldnfo.org/2021/05/13/tbt-205/#comments

    Yeah I realize there’s probably too much car stuff for your taste but then again …

  12. I still say “supper,” JK and just recently one of my daughters asked me why I don’t say “dinner,” like the rest of the world.

  13. JK

    “BUT she was a very aggressive, very effective Dem Twitter spin operative and there’s a growing nexus of Dem Twitter spin operatives moving from relative obscurity (since only a small percentage of Americans even follow politics Twitter) to the Biden WH.”

    You LB likely fully appreciate my, being a ‘Twitter Ignoramus’ really totally comprehends [to any great extent] what’s all included in such a declaration as you’ve given me.

    But fortunately:

    https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-mccarthy-report/episode-128-bidens-middle-east-mess/

    (It’s in the first half of that) I think I’m beginning to better understand.)

  14. JK

    I wasn’t at the end of the Andy thing when I posted the above link. But then as I listened somewhat further Andy says something like ‘All this is over a few families’ [using ‘ rather than quotes [“] because I’m paraphrasing] but also, fortunately for me – Well I suppose Mark’s brief here below stands in just as good a stead as in my saying “I went to *school learning this history:

    https://havechanged.blogspot.com/2021/05/things-are-not-what-they-seem.html

    & I could have done a better job on the above by placing a “don’t” between ‘Ignoramus & really’

  15. JK

    http://voxday.blogspot.com/2021/05/first-syria-now-gaza.html

    It does, definitely, seem to bode ‘significant’ in matters of State that now, Russia would appear to be in the catbird seat.

    (Don’t bother to try to comment on that site – I get the strong impression [ask me how I know lol] that lot doesn’t care much for ‘our’ generation.)

    • Well, JK, instead of Obama’s 3rd term this is starting to look more like the Obama women running the whole show, while Biden keeps trying to remember his lines when they roll him out in public. They’ve got him so well trained that he keeps telling the media he can’t answer their questions or he’ll get in trouble. Everywhere you turn in this administration it’s all about the “women,” who are running everything.

  16. JK

    From that Poweline article;

    “We were traveling from Jonesboro, Arkansas to Tuscaloosa, Alabama on a Sunday and I predicted (accurately) that there would be very little traffic because everybody would be at church. I guess Obama was actually right about something: these Red State people DO cling to God and guns. Churches definitely outnumber gun stores, but not by much.”

    She doesn’t know the half of it!

    https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/jonesboro-church-wars-3487/

    (I’ve got an 80s – oops has to be 90 now! – historian/author pal who, that time I asked him about those times with the observation, ‘That seems kinda funny now’ his reply?

    Well it weren’t funny then!)

  17. JK

    Lots going on LB and I’ll get to yours in some few …

    You’ve maybe seen reports like this?

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/pentagon-accelerates-withdrawal-from-afghanistan/

    Well … Via an *Associate’s blog (friend of a friend) …. Which … given that in an earlier time we both were following such stuff as this …

    https://www.virtualmirage.org/the-pearl-necklace/

    (You’re aware/recall LB, back during the GW administration in Afgy there was a ‘business deal’ *arranged* that for a significant period “enjoyed” US Troopers providing security?

    https://www.reuters.com/article/jiangxicopper-afghanistan/jiangxi-copper-says-in-808-mln-afghanistan-deal-idUSHKG15146720080528

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/01/27/afghanistan-china-spy-ring-mcc-mining-negotiations-mineral-wealth/

    )

    Note the dates.

    No wonder at all to me The Beltway preferred a change of administrations. (Now whether the Beltway actively participated in such a change – Who knows.

    • JK, I haven’t been following world happenings like I used to – probably need to rectify that lapse. Timelines fascinate me:

      Here’s a story from Jan. 27, 2021:https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/01/27/afghanistan-china-spy-ring-mcc-mining-negotiations-mineral-wealth/

      Then in April Biden makes the surprise Afghanistan pull-out announcement: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/2573268/biden-announces-full-us-troop-withdrawal-from-afghanistan-by-sept-11/

      Something’s going on and it looks like the Biden peeps might have cut some kind of backroom deal with the Chinese.

      The thing with Trump’s foreign policy is he rarely paid much attention to details and was clueless on foreign policy, so his State Dept worked policies that were mostly in America’s national interest. Whenever Trump waded in doing his one-man show stuff, the media and Dems went into full-blown spin hysterics and screamed “authoritarianism” to the rafters rattled and Trump backed away from whatever foreign policy thing he had stepped forward on. He really was more interested in just running his reality TV show and spin battles with the media than the actual duties of being POTUS. The thing about Biden is he’s just a figurehead and there are other Obama peeps running the show in the Biden WH. Who knows what “deals” John Kerry’s working out from behind the scenes.

  18. JK

    David hasn’t posted in awhile … Belay that.

    David hasn’t ‘allowed comments’ in awhile but LB, note the last allowed comment that’s there as of 11:55 CDT this date:

    https://duffandnonsense.typepad.com/duff_nonsense/

    I rest my case.

    • JK, the last line in that January 2021 Foreign Policy piece is quite something:

      “Meanwhile, looking ahead to a time when the United States no longer has any presence in Afghanistan, China has reportedly been negotiating infrastructure contracts with the Taliban leadership, with whom ties go back to its 1996-2001 regime.”

      https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/01/27/afghanistan-china-spy-ring-mcc-mining-negotiations-mineral-wealth/

      • JK

        Yeah and from quite a few of the old hands still around (and then if they still care) I’m hearing things very similar. Reckon the Kagan’s have got a new benefactor?

        At first it kinda surprised me as reports came dribbling in that alot of the folks that used to be active now have simply turned the music off – but then, reflecting on my own decision to abandon the broadcast/cable media industry I can understand how one can get weary.

        The maze has been, basically, abandoned for the past four or so years. I think last time I logged in there was around eight months ago though I still use it to log comments so I suppose it remains active.

      • JK, There’s so much information being siloed in this new level of spin information war in America now. Lots of foreign policy type info just doesn’t get mainstream media coverage & so much information is buried by Google’s search engine algorithms. I used to use several search engines when I was new to the internet, but then google became my default and I no longer bother to do a lot of “legwork” hunting down info, so here I am. I guess I only have myself to blame for not investing the time to search down information the way I used to. All these big tech efforts to “protect us” from disinformation assuredly will lead to making it harder and harder to locate information or even have any clue how to discern facts. Whole new level of information void isn’t too far in the future.

  19. JK

    A solemn salute in the direction of Georgia LB:

    https://americandigest.org/small-flags/#more-6643

    Not forgotten.

    • Thanks JK. I spend a lot of time (perhaps too much time) thinking about stuff very similar to what this guy wrote.

      There’s more and more in our lives that’s become about feeding more and more extreme partisan political agendas and less and less that’s about just being decent American citizens, committed to our families, our neighbors and the general well-being of America writ large.

      • JK

        “There’s more and more in our lives that’s become about feeding more and more extreme partisan political agendas and less and less that’s about just being decent American citizens …”

        Yup.

        I think you’ll LB, really appreciate what’s being said ‘about’ at the thirty minutes in mark:

      • That’s where I’m at JK. Sick of both parties, sick of the news media across the board too. Every day is just constant fake drama and constant incitement to generate clicks online or broadcasts to provide hits to an audience of politics junkies. The damage this constant politics news as “entertainment” circus has done to our culture is immense. Literally millions of Americans no longer take even a few moments to think about news, instead, it’s all about reacting and passing it along as quickly as possible.

  20. JK

    The dam breaks, from whence, comes the deluge …

    https://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-how-amateur-sleuths-broke-wuhan-lab-story-embarrassed-media-1596958

    (Of course Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying have been saying all these things and more for well over a year …)

    • Kind of fascinating what amateur sleuths digging for information online can uncover, JK. Also fascinating how many professional sleuths, especially those on the government payroll, can remain completely oblivious to information staring them right in the face.

      • JK

        Yup.

        Thar’s gold in them thar hills! is always a thing that’s stuck with me.

        What frightens me though …

        Are the implications …

  21. JK

    (Oh phooey – I thought I’d closed my italics between ‘hills! & is always’ – reckon I’m about to find out whether I done totally messed up by seeing if this comment italicizes too. Hope not!)

    I just LB, landed on this post and thought given “your way of” [lol] very diligently searching for the nuggets, you’d maybe be interested in doing as I’m likely to be doing too. Haven’t hit the linked piece [Vanity Fair] yet but I would suggest you ought attend to what this Powerline author states in his final paragraph. I tend to agree with his framing:

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/06/bombshell-upon-bombshell.php

    • I read the powerline piece and the entire Vanity Fair piece, JK. There’s a whole lot of scientific stuff discussed that I am unfamiliar with, but this story really is about the people involved in controlling the information in regards to this virus and that’s very much about figuring out the web of lies, obfuscations, misdirections, and what were the motivations for these.

      The elaborate media effort to squash even mentioning a lab leak, as a possibility, raised my hackles, but truly this media effort to squash discussion of certain topics & silence people that some media elites target has made me very uneasy.

      An interesting thing about that data researcher, who began investigating on his own, was he mentioned he discerns patterns that most people can’t see. Well, I see patterns in the spin info war – both in mass media with patterns to their buzz words and phrases (the repetitive messaging tactic), but on Twitter, where the media peeps all hang-out, there’s a pattern to how Dem/media spin peeps operate launching spin attacks and while there’s likely some degree of orchestration by Dem operatives, I think a lot of it is more an organic elite liberals behavior pattern, where they’re like trained monkeys in their partisan ecosystem and leap into action.

      Patterns of human behavior have always fascinated me, maybe even more than words, so here I am for decades trying to figure out ways to defeat the Dem/media spin information war.

      You listen to Brett Weinstein and I’m glad you recommended his YouTube channel to me. I have been heartened that someone else sees the big picture where this culture war is headed and he gets it that the spin information war – to control what people can say and write is only the precursor.

      Back in 2016 I noticed CNN’s online site had stealth edited an article and found that very unsettling, but now the NYT and WaPo do it frequently, then add update notices, when they’re caught stealth editing. It feels very Soviet, but in an interview with a journalist, Brett Weinstein said this culture war movement is not Soviet model, it’s Chinese and much of the BLM tactics sure do appear to be Maoist knock-offs.

      I had intended to read this book, The Long March, by Roger Kimball, which is about the American Culture Revolution in the 1960s, but life got in the way, so I’m reading that now. Pretty interesting to compare those radical tactics to the modern culture warriors: https://www.amazon.com/Long-March-Cultural-Revolution-Changed/dp/1893554309

      • JK

        “I have been heartened that someone else sees the big picture where this culture war is headed and he gets it that the spin information war – to control what people can say and write is only the precursor.”

        Yup.

        And from the 30 to 50 minute mark shines like an arc light:

        I think [hope] there’s promise in our future.

        Depends I suppose on whether ‘spin’ overcomes Truth, in the end.

  22. JK

    This day being what it is you’ll nary mind my going off our usual stuff?

  23. JK

    Scroll down to the third one, the turkey recipe

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2021/06/memes-that-made-me-laugh-61.html

    (I always wondered why the ‘pop-out thingie’ was invented …

  24. JK

    Yeah. Having trouble figuring out what format I want to watch ’em on but …

    They look to promise *the alternative I want.

    • Thanks JK. I’ve been visiting grandkids out-of-state and will be heading home today. I’ll be catching up on news tomorrow.

    • Had to watch this a few times, JK. Hilarious, but rather disturbingly true about how the woke don’t base facts on truth and the ubiquitous shapeshifting reality by changing the definitions of words. Now, who else has been rambling on about how the left keeps redefining words, lol… I tried to share this video on Twitter and a screen came up that Twitter blocked the connection. Interesting.

  25. JK

    (Krystal mentions “the plot” to kidnap that Governor – Turns out that three of the five guys occupying the car on the way were actual FBI agents while one was a paid informer. Only one was [allegedly] a “domestic terrorist.”)

  26. JK

    Oh dear Lord!

    (I may be forced to accept that Biden’s cognitive abilities are actually as bad as [a large part of – not watching TV anymore I have to equivocate] the right-wing media says they are. Heck I’m old enough to remember the administration before last’s State department [Victoria Nuland ring a bell? – & who the “point man” was?] interfering in Ukraine.)

  27. JK

    DarkHorse Podcast Clips
    Pinned by DarkHorse Podcast Clips

    “YouTube is censoring content from this channel. The main channel has received a strike for the 3 hour full context podcast that means Bret and Heather cannot livestream this Saturday on YouTube.”

    “We’re getting setup with Odysee, which is a different video platform to YouTube, and allows for livestreams.”

    “Please sign up and subscribe to us on Odysee for the livestream on Saturday and so you can watch all the censored content from YouTube.”

    https://odysee.com/@BretWeinstein:f

    • I saw Brett Weinstein tweet he had 2 warnings from YouTube and a 3rd would result in banning. This type of silencing on Twitter, facebook and YouTube is so political and while these are private companies, they act like their just arms of the DNC. (just like the DNC).

    • Here’s another video by that guy, you sent a link from last week: https://youtu.be/QL0u8JmfRU0

      • Array

        Thank you very mightily LB! I’ve been pondering what I was gonna do with the rest of my life but now I’m realizing since, everybody can fly fighter planes obviously there’s really only one thing I now realize is my absolute duty.
        I’m gonna re-enlist.

        Likewise interesting – at the time you posted above, ” I tried to share this video on Twitter and a screen came up that Twitter blocked the connection” I did not entirely appreciate the full ramifications of what you were meaning.
        I’m pretty sure I got it now. Thanks again.

  28. JK

    Now how in the heck did that ‘Array’ appear rather than yours truly’s very own JK? Hope it don’t do that again.

    • Cyber gremlins… Anyways, JK, the blocking/censoring stuff by YouTube, Twitter and facebook all seems to target the right and people, who challenge the Dem/left messaging.

      A few years ago, when I was on my soapbox here on my blog going on and on about the dangers of this spin information war, I suppose many folks thought I was nuts, but Trump breaking through the left’s control of their mass media spin war, kind of made the left lose their minds and their #Resist effort really exposed how complicit the “mainstream media” is in advancing the left’s culture war objectives.

      Lots of folks now seem to have noticed it’s not just “media bias,” but an orchestrated real information war being waged against the American people, to try to drive and control public opinion in America. All their semantical word games are about control

      We’re still in the early stages though with their corrupt censorship efforts. Kind of nifty though to watch even liberal “wordsmiths” at Merriam-Webster have gotten into the left’s word games, changing definitions, on the fly, to advance the left’s spin war games,

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