Casually Alive

“Sometimes I go and visit the doctor and get myself checked out; because the doctor has to stay in business and stay alive. Then I go to the pharmacy and exchange the recipe into medication, because the pharmacist has to stay in business and stay alive. Then I dump the medication to the drain because I too, have to stay in business and stay alive.” – Mark Twain

As most an observant citizen has noticed, most people you casually talk with – about everything from how the weather is to asking them a question about how they’re doing, and after thumbing through inane texts and photoshopped photo’s of themselves, you invariably hear them telling you how great everything is in their lives. This includes peripheral BS like how is their job, how is their marriage or partner-thing going or how was their latest haircut.

Then, if you get into the weeds a bit with friend, co-worker, or on the rare occasion of meaningful talk, with your husband, wife, lover or other – you find that their lives are mostly a splendid mess.

You might hope that they’re worried about the electromagnetic goo their bodies are being bombarded with every hour of every day, or that Washington’s band of lizards are sanctioning 30 countries (a nifty little form of war), or that those smart meters on the side of their home or crib aren’t really smart and are actually dangerous, not to mention unhealthy, or a tad bit concerned the White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump will nominate former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan to head the Pentagon:

The National Priorities Project (NPP) highlighted Shanahan’s potential conflicts of interest in a series of tweets following news of his nomination.

“Patrick Shanahan, former Boeing executive, is poised to keep running the Pentagon as Defense Secretary with President Trump’s nomination,” NPP wrote. “Conflict of interest? Boeing is already the second-largest recipient of private contracts from the U.S. military.”

“Last year, the average taxpayer paid $102 for contracts with Boeing, ” the group noted, “compared to just $40 for public housing and homeless assistance.” via theantimedia.com

Housing and homeless assistance for our own citizens?  What a crazy thought – Washington has to continue to wreak havoc about the world and they need a company like Boeing to help in their continuing noble cause. Questioning their waging war after war is unpatriotic.

So rather than be concerned with shyte like the above that can either produce a really bad headache, dizziness, nosebleeds, a host of neurological problems, cancer or even death – most live causally, never getting into the weeds of anything that might require them to pull their head out of the weeds and crack on with efforts to band together locally and do what can be done to stop the madness.

But then, getting into the weeds and having conversations about life and what’s really going on in this country is really too troublesome, and might actually lead to some critical thinking. Our government and their nicely tailored tricksters in the corporate media can’t allow shyte like that to happen, for some good old-fashioned thinking might lead to questions, which leads to more questions, and then research and then concluding that what is going on is proper f**kery of us all.

And what better example to show us the next nasty trick they have up their sleeves to lay to waste yet another sovereign nation, than this:

Top US Officials Meet on Possible Attack on Iran

Rare meeting at CIA centered on dispatching forces to Middle East
Last week, the Trump Administration hosted internal meetings including top military, diplomatic, and intelligence officials met at CIA headquarters to discuss plans against Iran, including “covert actions” that were being launched, and the recent dispatching of US forces to the region. 
This meeting immediately prefaced the US suddenly talking up the possibility of military action against Iran, with several officials vowing “swift, decisive action” against them.
So while Pompeo is warning Iran against attacking, administration hawks are salivating, as a potential Iranian attack is the ticket to war they’ve long dreamed of, and even a situation where Iran doesn’t intend to attack gives the US the pretext to keep escalating, and potentially launch a preemptive attack.

Beyond troubling…but in a casual sort of way, for far too many.

“The loud little handful–as usual–will shout for the war. The pulpit will–warily and cautiously–object–at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, ‘It is unjust and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it.’ Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity. Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers–as earlier–but do not dare say so. And now the whole nation–pulpit and all–will take up the war-cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”Mark Twain

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Tonight’s musical offering:

Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On” – (Live at Montreux 1980) – montreuxlive

Photo credit: http://www.unsplash.com/@zetong

 

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