With all the scary stuff in the news of late, and some people over reacting, I want to offer some advice to any readers I may have. I know that most of you who comment on this blog don't need to hear this, so I'm just putting it out there as food for thought for someone who may.
For you people who still watch a lot of TV (or TV "news" anyway), here is some "sage" advice from your "old" pal Pandabonium (who doesn't watch TV at all):
Turn off the TV (News at least), and have a wonderful, relaxing weekend, because all the hype is nothing but that. Scaring people is a very old tool of politicians and of the corporate media (Hurst newspapers of a century ago come to mind). There is power and money to be had in promoting fear. "False flag" terror (where a government commits or causes a terror act and blames it on someone else) is not new. It dates back at least to Rome in 70 B.C. when Marcus Licinius Crassus manipulated people's fear of the rebels led by Sparticus to get Romans to surrender their republic to the rule of Emperors. The same scheme has worked in variations many times since and is in play big time today.
As President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt said, "we have nothing to fear but fear itself." And as Pandabonium says, "If you don't study history, the world is a mystery."
So please turn off the damned TV (or at least the so-called "news") and with it the constant barrage of hate speech and fear mongering, and go about enjoying your life and doing the things that are truly important to you. Try it for one weekend, for me, OK?
If you are interested in what is behind the events in the world, as am I, that's fine, but you won't learn it from CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ad nauseum.
Over half a century ago, a great American journalist, H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), observed, "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and thus clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
Don't buy into the fear. Instead, go and have yourself a great weekend in what ever way suits you. There, I've said it umpteen different ways. Now go have some fun.
*Cartoons are "Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Watterson, my favorite comic strip characters. My other favorites are Gary Larsen's "Far Side" cartoons, and of course Charles Shultz's "Peanuts".