Movie Recommendation: The New Age

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This movie has stuck in my brain for a looooooooong time.  I’ve likely had dreams about it.  It has picked at me off and on forever and I don’t completely understand why I am only now getting around to watching it again.

It seems like a very timely story and should be useful to people enduring America in the post-World War II fantasy we’ve propped up for ourselves to play in for a while until it’s time to grow up and get real.  And by “real” I mean real ancient Greek civilization, because they knew what time it was.  Then the idiot Christians (no offense, Jesus, because you were probably a cool guy yourself) kept pouring water on the Greeks until the entire Earth forgot everything important.  But that’s another story!!!

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Rhode Island governor sees off leftwing challenger in Democratic primary

Rhode Island governor sees off leftwing challenger in Democratic primary

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/12/rhode-island-democratic-primary-challenge-matt-brown?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

During the bitter primary campaign, he sought to cast Raimondo as a “Republican in disguise”.

“It’s time to change what it means to be a Democrat in 2018,” Brown said in a campaign ad.

My condolences, Rhode Island. 😔 I’m sorry you failed to recognize the opportunity you had to take a small step in the correct direction.

It’s either true or it isn’t.

For way longer than I suspect most likely people have been engaging in spin and manipulation of language for the purpose of deception. Here we have the president’s spokesperson obviously lying, answering questions that weren’t asked, dodging questions, making statements instead of giving answers, etc. And all thoughtful people are dutifully confounded by how this is allowed to happen much less continue to happen as long as it has in this shared, nightmarish, national farce of ours.

However those same pretentiously thoughtful people should examine the kind of bullshit they’ve tolerated, endorsed, sanctioned, reprinted, published, syndicated, aired, or even produced themselves.

When one opens the door to deceit the game is over. Or I should say rather that the game is just beginning. Because what you have in that case sadly is merely a game, a poor substitute for the sincere pursuit of truth; a game that we see like those on television where the only kind of cheating that isn’t vigorously encouraged is the kind that gets you caught. In other words cheating is absolutely okay; it’s the getting caught that is wrong. The former is called “playing hard”. The latter is called “cheating”.

So for every conservative idiot who holds her nose while Sarah Huckabee Sanders says two plus two equals five I would say that the door that is now widely ajar was first opened by the likes of Frank Luntz, Richard Nixon, Newt Gingrich, and way earlier than that. But I’m just talking about this country right now and this era. When you start to trade the truth for mere victory, however insignificant it might seem at the time, you then breach the dam and it becomes only a matter of time until the value of truth is lost entirely and all gravity is gone.

New York primary: governor Andrew Cuomo defeats Cynthia Nixon

New York primary: governor Andrew Cuomo defeats Cynthia Nixon

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/13/andrew-cuomo-cynthia-nixon-new-york-primary?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

Man, this really says bad, bad things about the Democratic Party. :-\ This was a clear, stark choice between a progressive, forward-thinking, unbeholden, plain-spoken candidate and a classic, white-male supremacist, patriarch figure, good guy, good fella, mansplaining, well-moneyed, slickster con man; and New York, a supposed bastion of liberalism picked the con man. Hopefully those actual Democrats, progressives, working people, principled individuals in those flyover states turn out in numbers sufficient not only to defeat the obviously rotten-to-the-core, wicked Republican Party but the self-serving, Wall Street-genuflecting, “centrist”, game-playing insiders within their own party.

CNN: Trump denies reality of nearly 3,000 dead Americans

CNN: Trump denies reality of nearly 3,000 dead Americans.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/politics/trump-puerto-rico-death-toll/index.html

Crazy? Stupid? Both?? The answer is, who cares! The only important point to keep in mind is we have a seriously defective electoral/educational/economic system in this country that allowed this foolish imbecile and his ilk to rise to power at all. We must address this at its root or else all is lost. It might not happen today, it might not happen tomorrow, but it will happen. Maybe it will be a very slow, painful miserable deterioration, or maybe it will be an explosive, dramatic, exciting explosion, but it will happen. And it is utterly preventable. All we need to do is wake up, open our eyes, and do what we all know needs to be done: stand up for what is right, do the right thing even though it is not what is commonly done, and persist in seeking truth. Because truth is our only salvation. End of story.

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