As one of the current sales pitches here in the land of the mostly apathetic makes its’ rounds on TV, or, if you just happen to mention to your non-significant other that “we should do something different this weekend”, and all of a sudden, every website you visit has magically prepared an advertisement for precisely what you were talking about – one is peppered with Spring advertising nonsense to “keep it real”.
Anything from buying a cup of bad coffee, to an overnight stay at a new, downtown hotel trying to attract weekend getaway seekers to lay down a few hundred for a room that has nothing of the comfort that your bedroom at home has; none of the germs and other unpleasantries you’ve spent your life building an immunity to – yet gives you the “pleasures” of sleeping or lounging away in other people’s quagmire of strangeness – such is the current hogwash of keeping it real. Such clever ways are dreamed up for Americans to spend a couple hundred in future credit card debt, yet, with a wink, a nod and a Jedi mind trick – they create a nifty illusion that you’re doing something hip, cool, original and above all else…keeping it real.
With Washington taking a “time-out” from dropping bombs on sovereign countries, depleting a few hundred or so missiles via their continued charade of keeping America safe, the world can take a breather from keeping it real where they might have wondered what they might do from Washington’s continued insanity of destruction, looking up to see mushroom cloud billowing in the distance, and get back to wondering what Americans wonder most about…that being, whatever the media tells them to wonder about – which is usually paranoia, in whatever manner the media advertises, lurking maliciously around every corner. The DNC is so paranoid (and deranged) that they’ve filed a lawsuit against the Russians, Trump and Wikileaks for stealing the election from their beloved deplorable, Hillary Clinton.
“There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson
And indeed they can.
But the goblins that we’re told to be fearful of in the West – from the crippling 2-inch snowstorm that has nearly everyone out, en masse, loading up with essentials to assist with an unpleasant couple of hours spent indoors riding out the storm, with either just yourself and your electronic friend, or friends and lovers and sometimes idiots one must endure out of love or necessity – to looking for every Russian, Putin or Assad apologist to cast a haughty Western glance at for all that is wrong with America – there is much the media wants us to be paranoid about in the West.
And it’s not just those fears that can come true at any moment they want you shaking like a wet dog about.
Whatever latest drivel that can be barfed up by the mainstream media to throw your normally elegant gaunt off kilter, you can be assured their BS of the day will be offered to scare the bejesus out of you. They’ll do your thinking for you, thank you, and if you stray from the pig-sty of left-overs they spend their waking hours concocting for you to be paranoid about, they’ll denounce you as a Putin lover, Assad apologist or foreign agent if you question their helter-skelter ideas.
“Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie. I saw great battles reported where there had been no fighting, and complete silence where hundreds of men had been killed. I saw troops who had fought bravely denounced as cowards and traitors, and others who had never seen a shot fired hailed as the heroes of imaginary victories; and I saw newspapers in London retailing these lies and eager intellectuals building emotional superstructures over events that had never happened. I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines’. ~ George Orwell, Looking back on the Spanish War,” Chapter 4 – via moonofalabama.org
Such is as it has been…such as it always will be from those who haven’t the slightest interest in the truth.
Washington’s never-ending wars; bombing sovereign nations with disregard; the choicest of BS from the mainstream media day in and day out to keep an already insouciant public even more so; along with the ugliest of vile to keep souls paranoid from soaring beyond the humdrum of the everyday – “keeping it real” these days consists in believing the lies, propaganda and nonsense that the mother of all ugliness has drummed into the collective from the beginning of this whole mess. Sadly, we continue to swallow it.
Tonight’s musical offering: (while we’re still “allowed” to listen to the brilliant music from Russian composers of long ago)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 op.18 ~ Anna Fedorova, piano ~ Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
(final few minutes from this beautiful piece – the full, magnificent performance can be listened to here.)
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