TV and the Social Construction of Reality

If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

Mark Twain

Some things never change. If Mark Twain were alive today, he would replace the word “newspaper” with “television.”
The purpose of this post is to reinforce the points made in these two posts;
(the above post has multiple proof sources and videos, and the newspaper headlines at the bottom are pretty funny)
An interesting overview is provided by an insider, Adam Curry (yes,the same VJ from the 80’s) in this interview.  Good background chatter to put on while you enjoy your cup o’ joe in the morning.
This is not really news. But if it is news to you, then you have a lot of catching up to do.
And now a brief interlude which would make Edward Bernays proud, an example of constructing a new reality in a world of crap.

For those with eyes to see; do you hold a chair? (or does it hold you?)

noun: chair; plural noun: chairs

a separate seat for one person, typically with a back and four legs.
short for chairlift.
short for electric chair.
noun: the chair
the person in charge of a meeting or organization (used as a neutral alternative to chairman or chairwoman).
“a three-year term as the board’s deputy chair”
an official position of authority, for example on a board of directors.
“the editorial chair”
another term for umpire.
noun: chair umpire; plural noun: chair umpires
a professorship.
“he held a chair in physics”
a particular seat in an orchestra.
“she was fourth-chair trumpet”
a metal socket holding a railroad rail in place.

verb: chair; 3rd person present: chairs; past tense: chaired; past participle: chaired; gerund or present participle: chairing

act as chairperson of or preside over (an organization, meeting, or public event).
synonyms: preside over, take the chair of; More
lead, direct, run, manage, control, be in charge of
“she chairs the economic committee”
carry (someone) aloft in a chair or in a sitting position to celebrate a victory.

Note: allegory of a first definition – a SEAT* for PERSON, typically with a back and four legs, like any animal. Sometimes chairs have two arms.
Electric Chair – used for executing…
A chair will preside over (you?) if you are sitting in (occupying) the office of chair. When you are sitting in the office of a chair, you only have powers of that “chair”. Why do you think they call it “trappings of office”?

*SEAT: 7. A place of abode or residence, especially a large house that is part of an estate: the squire’s country seat.
a. The buttocks. – (Well, I could just go on about this definition, Butt, if you “occupy” a chair, this is where you have your “head”.)
b. The right to occupy such a place or a ticket indicating this right: got seats for the concert. -you are occupied.(see also Servant King)
c. To fix firmly in place: seat an ammunition clip in an automatic rifle.

A chair or office found is your throne.

This explains why you have to have STANDING….

A philosophy professor walks in to give his class their final. Placing his chair on his desk the professor instructs the class, “Using every applicable thing you’ve learned in this course, prove to me that this chair DOES NOT EXIST.”

So, pencils are writing and erasers are erasing, students are preparing to embark on novels proving that this chair doesn’t exist, except for one student. He spends thirty seconds writing his answer, then turns his final in to the astonishment of his peers.

Time goes by, and the day comes when all the students get their final grades … and to the amazement of the class, the student who wrote for thirty seconds gets the highest grade in the class.

His answer to the question: “What chair?”

Scarcity – Why having so little means so much

TOPIC: Scarcity captures the mind-it changes how we think
KEY POINTS: Scarcity does something to our mental processor. By constantly loading the mind with other processes, it leaves less “mind” for the task at hand. Scarcity directly reduces what we call bandwidth—not a person’s inherent capacity for thinking and understanding but how much of that capacity is currently available for use.
BENEFIT OF REVIEWING THIS MATERIAL:Scarcity is not just a physical constraint, It is a mindset.

Adapted from Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means so Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir, published September 3rd by Times Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, LLC. Copyright (c) 2013 by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. All rights reserved. -Read book review here:

But you can be cleansed of your poorness, praise the lord.


Scarcity or abundance?

From The Valley of The 7: Confessions of a Former Swiss Banker

How do you take a scarce resource and drive the price DOWN? Today gas prices for our “last ounce” of oil average under $2.00 a gallon across the US – Feb 17, 2016.

The myth of the Scarcity of oil. It’s not a “fossil fuel”. This should be clear to you by now.

Remember the gas lines in the 1970’s and we were told that we would run out of oil in 20 years? Any chance that public opinion is being manipulated for money?