Falling victim to the big media blindfold scam….

I read an article today talking about the increasing decline in salary for your median wage earners. So afterwards, I searched around and read more about it. Naturally the 1% – 15%’ers had an increase in salary the highest earning 1% seeing the most. The lower to mid income earners saw a salary decrease of 36%. That is mind blowing but not surprising and far from new “news”. It was a welcome smack to the head reminder that I have yet again falling victim to the sinister derailing tactics of the wonderful media mafia. Damn it, it worked, echoed around inside my brain! Over the last week, the Israel and Gaza conflict captured my gaze and sucked me in completely submerging into the debate and drama of it all. This conflict deserves my attention but I also need to focus on the corruption, greed, inequality and class war that is quietly building in my own country.

Countries fighting civil wars, missing plans, Ebola and the like all pulling the wool over the issues that currently plague the US. The current popular media use all this outside news it to their advantage. There is so much going on around me that it is overwhelming to try to pay attention to all the wrongdoing in the world. Maybe it is easier to focus on something “far away” then closer to home because there is less I can do about it other than bitch. The problem for me is trust and I don’t feel that is much trust to be had from my own government and the media, local or worldwide. It is all so skewed and controlled. The internet is a no go anymore also. Type something into Google and you’re only going to find popular media coverage articles and what Google decides is most relevant for your search.

Balance is key. Beware of what happens across the pond but don’t lose touch with happens across the street. Knowledge on all fronts is necessary because what happens outside of the US is a reflection of what is happening inside it. So much of what happens in Israel, Russian, Ukraine, Africa and more is part of a bigger picture that the US certainly has its little grubby hands in. I hope to become more in tune with the struggles of my own country. Media blackouts are rampant on local issues such as the many protest held for a multitude of reason here in the US. It is time for me to pay better attention and dig a little deeper into my own countries problems. Maybe if others do the same…we can fix ourselves then start to help those in strife in other countries. Who knows…maybe we are all so interconnected the days off healing oneself before healing others is behind us.

Here is the article that sparked today’s musing,

The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less


Israel and Gaza

Nothing beats passion to motivate me to start a blog post. Sorry I have been so slack but…it is what I do. Sometimes I need a little inspiration, here it is:

I wonder if people really know what it means when they post slogans and images stating, I support Israel”. I see this everywhere. Posting such a statement is meaningless. Blind empty slogans just fan the flame of intolerance and hate. I compare it to other blind slogans such as, “I support the troops”. Both statement are drowning in a pool of vague inconsistency. Do people actually know what they are supporting? Such a statement doesn’t even begin to address the complexity of this war or the many different facets a person could support in this terrible situation. What aspects are you actually supporting? Are they supporting war, killing, their religion all, none? Why aren’t as many people supporting Gaza? I hear many people say that Israel is our allies. Israel wants support for their cause and like all people who want to win will find allies in whoever will help. I am not taking sides. I believe Gaza is no different. If they had more support and forces, they would be doing the same as Israel. Both sides want to be right and they want to win. Both sides are murdered and tortured innocent people in the name of their religious freedom and politics. One country just has more power than the other does. Both countries believe that peace can only come to the victory not from resolution and compromise.

This religious war has been raging for far too long. All war is useless. A war over religion is an atrocity. Religion in the key factor in the numerous meaningless slogans shouting, “I support Israel”. The justification and reasoning behind supporting Israel for many Christians is the belief that Israeli people are Gods chosen people. Let us not dilute the fact that Gaza and the Palestinians are Muslim and so many Christian won’t support them, the “great evil”. The problem is that you cannot value one group of human’s lives over another. The Israeli people are not more deserving of justice or winning that war. Muslims are human just like Christians and all other humans’ of different faiths or lack thereof. All humans involved in the conflict eat, breathe, fear, love, have families and feel their cause is just. I get it though. It makes it so much easier to justify killing and war if you demonize them or downgrade a group of people to a lessor form of human. I will never understand the need to wage war, the need for people to justify war and killing. I cannot comprehend how people can look at another human being group of human to be less then themselves simply because of religious difference. Both sides are wrong and I sincerely wish that someone, some country or some group could step in and find a peaceful solution. How can one convince two countries who seem to be fighting simply because that is what they have been doing for years to compromise to find the humanity in each other? It is an undertaking of astronomical proportions to try to make both country empathize with the other and find the common ground needed to develop tolerance to their differences.

The last statement can be applied to most all human conflict and difference. So many people lack the ability to accept difference without looking down upon it and trying to convert another’s way of thinking to theirs. Humans are capably of wonderful things, of such compassion and goodness. The problem is that humans are also capable of horrible grotesque things based on intolerance and arrogance. I guess I will end this post here. I could go on for every about the human dynamic but then it just starts to go in circles.