Baxtage Pass: Episode 12 (Edited)
Let’s take a look at the world through the media we view on our electronic devices. Many people view television news casts as a valid source of information. When a tragic or disastrous event strikes, many of us turn to a TV station that annoys us the least for information. Some of us click on a post that somebody decided to add to their feed. There are many viewers and readers that enjoy watching news programming or reading on the web in an effort to become more informed as well. Whichever media outlet we choose, they all differ in many ways.
When we take away factors such as network and parent company ownership, party affiliation or media personality, what’s left is what type of guests are on and what stories are pushed. I would venture a guess and say that many of you out there do not agree with many views on what issues are important when it comes to what is aired on the television or plastered on web pages and social media sites. Turn on any of the 24-hour news stations and you will watch around three hours of actual content that is recycled and replayed throughout the entire day. Look to the web and you will see much of the same plastered on your favorite mainstream sites.
I would ask you, to ask yourself, if there is enough actual news to justify a network dedicated to broadcasting it 24 hours a day. If there are plenty of stories, then I question what happens to all of the “other” stories that are absent from these mainstream sources like some drunkard parent. Is it possible that what stories we do see are what those in charge of said networks want you to see?
The stories that do garner that precious air time are often written in very specific ways based on research and psychology to elicit a preferred response. Think about the words you hear and how that changes how you see and feel about these stories. For instance, do you believe in affirmative action? How about racial preference? The same idea with two different terms has a very charged feeling when said a certain way.
Let’s look at an issue that has been recently brought up, vaccinations. The requirement to vaccinate children is mandated if you want your child to attend….well, anything. While it is important to keep your child safe, there is a very real misrepresentation of the dangers involved. While the benefit may very well outweigh the risks involved with routine vaccinations, we rarely hear about those children who suffer from those rare issues.The media has termed those who keep their children from being vaccinated “Anti-Vaccers.” This is most often shown to be those who are against the flu vaccine but also deal with those shots that children receive for things like mumps and rubella commonly referred to as the MMR shot.
A court case in Italy, against the Glaxo Smith Kline Corporation, found that the companies Infatrix Hexa shot had in fact caused at least one child to develop autism due to the mercury and aluminum contained within the vaccine. The company has released a 1271 page document (available online) that shows at least five documented cases of autism as well as at least 36 related deaths. It is worthy of note that in the U.S. a family may not sue the manufacturer of a vaccine because of a 1986 federal law establishing a “vaccine court” where claims must be filed. One of the ruling judges stated that congress passed the law because the resulting law suits were “Threating the stability of the nation’s vaccine program.” Think about the money involved in a national program that all students and various professions must adhere to.
We are regularly being warned about an impending attack by ISIS. The media is now at this moment telling us that there are allegedly thousands of ISIS cells in the U.S. who are active on social media. “Homegrown Terror” has become a new buzzword dished out regularly along with our evening news and tainting our dinner conversations. FBI director James Comey stated that he knows “there are more Elton Simpsons out there.” This statement is referring to the recent attack in Texas that has been compared to, but is dissimilar in many ways, the Charlie Hebdo incident that took place on January 7th in France. This Texas contest has many people up in arms over free speech versus provocative speech. What I would ask you to think about is the timing of this incident.
One of those less reported stories is that of the Patriot Act and its sundown clauses. (At the time of this writing there was little coverage).This important because it deals with every American. Without too much in depth analysis, the portion of the act up for renewal deals with the NSA, with help from the FBI, and their power to collect phone records. I have said before that members of our government who wrote portions of the Project for the New American Century (PFTNAC) stated that a new Pearl Harbor would be the only way the American people would accept the Patriot Act. I address this again because we all need to come to terms with the idea that there are those within our own government who seek to control the citizens of the United States. Our own White House’s President’s Review Board said “the information contributed to terrorist investigations by the use of section 215 telephony meta-data was not-essential to preventing attacks.” Further, we must all accept that people are killed over meta-data. The former director of both the CIA and the NSA Michael Hayden openly said, “WE KILL PEOPLE BASED ON META-DATA.”
I don’t know which theories are true and which ones are not. I do know that many people believe that President Kennedy was killed because of things that he said. Kennedy spoke for generations of people like us when he said,
“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy, that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system that has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, and political operations…”
We have been gifted with the narrative of Lee Harvey Oswald despite findings of our own government in a final report by the House Select Committee of Assassinations, in 1979, who said,
“The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The committee is unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy.”
Whatever you believe about the world is your own summation of what you have read, heard,felt and seen. Most have been taught some form of the quote by Edgar Allen Poe, “Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear” as we grow up. Somehow by the time we enter the workforce, grinding out our lives through those dull hours in servitude, we forget. We forget to remember that government and especially big business have an agenda. I would remind you all as you take off your shoes and settle in to that well deserved easy chair or spot on the couch that our media is constructed in a way that urges us to buy and consume. Understand that many organizations and people have ulterior motives. Realize that work can blind us from seeing connections or even caring about them because we are just too damn tired. Know that we the people hold the ultimate power until we give it away freely.
The possibility that our government will take our rights is always present. What is more likely is that we will give them away, piece by piece, because of fear and indifference. You must be willing to think about our world and keep your mind open to the possibility that not everything is always as it seems or portrayed. There are no versions of the truth. For as long as you will listen, we will always have a seat saved for you, here in the Front Row.