Given what’s “goin’ down,” how shall we live?

I throw this question out there for all those who, like me, (are determined to) remain centered within the self while surfing gigantic waves of change.

In that vein, readers Max, Bill, and Karen have each alerted me to a post that is very much worth contemplating:

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

Excerpt:

“How do you change the way a nation thinks? You could start by creating a mainstream media to replace the existing one with a site such as Breitbart. You could set up other websites that displace mainstream sources of news and information with your own definitions of concepts like “liberal media bias”, like CNSnews.com. And you could give the rump mainstream media, papers like the “failing New York Times!” what it wants: stories. Because the third prong of Mercer and Bannon’s media empire is the Government Accountability Institute.

…..a determined plutocrat and a brilliant media strategist can, and have, found a way to mould journalism to their own ends.

“In 2015, Steve Bannon described to Forbes how the GAI operated, employing a data scientist to trawl the dark web (in the article he boasts of having access to $1.3bn worth of supercomputers) to dig up the kind of source material Google can’t find. One result has been a New York Timesbestseller, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, written by GAI’s president, Peter Schweizer and later turned into a film produced by Rebekah Mercer and Steve Bannon.

“This, Bannon explained, is how you “weaponise” the narrative you want
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James Howard Kuntsler: Great Expectations (NOT)

Excerpt:

March 15 is when the temporary suspension of the national debt ceiling — engineered in a 2015 deal between Barack Obama and then House Speaker John Boehner — finally expires, meaning the government loses its authority to continue borrowing money. The chance that congress can pass a bill raising the debt ceiling to enable further borrowing is about the same as the chance that Xi Jinping will send every American household a dim sum breakfast next Sunday morning by FedEx. The US treasury will then be left with around $200 billion in walking-around money, at a burn rate of about $90 billion a month — meaning that that around June sometime the country won’t be able to pay invoices, issue salaries, send out entitlement checks, or do anything, really. It means pure government paralysis. It means no infrastructure spending jamboree, no “great” wall, no military shopping spree, none of the Great Expectations sewn into the golden fleece of Trumptopia.

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A movie, that I will watch this evening.

 

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One Response to Given what’s “goin’ down,” how shall we live?

  1. Janice Berndt says:

    The article about Robert Mercer is SCARY! What/who can we trust to tell the truth?

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