Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Monday, September 12, 2011

If al Qaeda didn't exist they'd have to invent it

Actually it barely does exist any more. We were treated to breathless, wall-to-wall coverage for nearly a week leading up to last Sunday about some Pakistani guys who were supposedly going to set off truck bombs in New York and DC. The people on cable with hairpieces molded from a single piece of plastic are positively disappointed, I think, about the big fat nothing. But we do get fighter jets scrambled in order to possibly shoot down not one, but two, commercial airliners because people weren't feeling well and went to the restroom more than once.

So, if the bad scary Islamic man isn't going to kill us all, what story are they going to come up with to make us spend $600 billion a year on a useless military, give up our 1st, 4th and 5th amendment rights, and vote for Republicans? I'm not thinking of any just yet. Anybody got a nomination?

2 comments:

JOHNR said...

yes there is always two sides to a story unfortunately we get the corporate version only there's a saying from president lincoln You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. that still does'nt stop them from pushing the bureaucracy thru. loved your blog on this... way to go

davidknz said...

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
-- Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945