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Because of the holiday I had Monday off and was watching the morning show/news/whatever you call it and the two talking heads, both females which I shall not name, were interviewing one of America’s best athletes who had just won a Silver Medal in a skiing competition. This was his second contest and he was very proud of his success winning the medal as all Americans should be. He was beaming with pride. It was great to watch.

So, these two talking heads were interviewing him about the great moment and ‘how did it feel?’ and ‘what were you thinking at the time?’ and it was all very exciting to watch.

Then, as if to derail the athlete’s magical moment and that of all of the American’s who were watching and enjoying his success and that of the country’s, one of the imbeciles interviewing him asked him something to the effect of, “so how was it getting over your substance abuse problems after the last Olympics?”

Luckily, the athlete kept his composure and he brought his hand to his face to keep from grimacing, it was clear, (who wouldn’t) and he responded that he was glad things were better or something like that. It’s not really important what he said in the context of this observation.

What is significant is that it appears to me that The United States is way down in the medal count during this Olympics. At least that’s what the sports casters are saying. And there really is no reason for it at least that they can see.

I tell you there is a reason. In any other country on the planet that athlete would be seen as a national hero. The gleam of the metal he brought back, Silver, would be seen as a brilliant, shiny gleam that brought great pride to the country as well as to the athlete as a result of his outstanding performance. But not in America! No, not with a venomous corporate media that is willing to destroy the very morale of every athlete at The Olympics and that of the country merely for the sake of ratings (and who knows if the “surprise!” question about the athlete’s substance abuse problem even did anything for the ratings).

Imagine the questions that arose in the minds of all of the other athletes on the team that were watching the interview or that heard about it. Gee, if I win a medal and get interviewed, are the media going to ask me about my personal problems, weaknesses? Has the media been out there digging up dirt on me that I don’t know about.

Imagine what that does to the athlete. You know what it does? It demoralizes the athlete. It causes the athlete to second guess themselves. Such questions by the media are the introduction of doubt into the mind of an athlete that must believe, that must believe they can do it, that they can overcome the incredible physical and mental pain many of the events cause to the athlete, that they can overcome a mindset of defeat in order to achieve success.

That question was such a diversion from the wonderful moment, so destructive jab, a poisonous production call (I’m sure someone on the interviewer’s headset told her to ask the question), the question was such a shock to the athlete and the viewer that it could have been meant to be nothing other than a slight, meant to be destructive to his morale. There can be no question.

Were I there, within arms reach of that producer or the interviewer, well ask anyone who knows me, there would be no telling what would have happened.

That was uncalled for. There was no need for that comment at all!

If you ask me, the media needs to learn a lesson or two or three or maybe a whole lot of lessons about what they are doing to this country.

Yes.

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The founding fathers didn’t see corporate America coming when they were around and there is one quote by George Washington that I believe were he still alive today he would have expanded upon a bit and that is:

“A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”

I believe were Washington still alive today he would have added “and corporations.” at the very end of that statement.

The operative word in that quote is “abuse” as in “abuse them.”

Modern American corporations, particularly media corporations, often take in more revenue and have more power than entire states in the union. Such corporations are subject to fewer laws and have more authority and control over our lives as their reach is greater even than the borders of the land. Consolidation of resources and complete and total control of the marketplace means that such corporations can ABUSE, ostracize, ridicule, and even make it impossible for citizens to live comfortably and without fear of persecution or access to resources within a given community or the country for that matter, making daily life more uncomfortable, more unsettling than any government could. Corporations often act that way because they can, not because they need to in order to be profitable or to protect themselves but because our elected make it possible for them to do so, removing layer upon layer of regulation that protect the consumer and giving corporations carte blanche to do whatever they want, whether it makes those corporations more profitable or not. It’s clearly an absolute power corrupts absolutely thing.

So, were George Washington still alive I believe he would have expanded upon his quote and it would say something more like:

“A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government AND CORPORATIONS.”

I’m not saying we should start shooting up corporations, nothing like that. Rather, I’m saying if corporations don’t act in the best interest of the public and individuals, they should not expect the protection, whether they seek it in the courts or the media, they should not expect the protections of the government and tax payers from a response in kind to their own transgressions against the people whether they be an individual or people in the plural sense.

I’m a capitalist conservative and there times even I believe that. Shhhh! I’m not supposed to say anything, though, so don’t tell anyone I did say it.

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If you watch all of the teachers being attacked on Youtube and of course you can’t miss all of the school shootings in the news, you could only conclude that being a teacher or working in a school is one of the most dangerous jobs in America today.

So why are teachers one of the lowest paid professions?

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The thing about extremely violent video games is that often they are little different from the simulators the military use to train soldiers and airman to kill the enemy, except the players are different. The line between fantasy and reality is purposefully blurred in video games to make them more attractive to kids and the media knows it and is behind it.

You can bet if there was a video game that was designed to allow the player to kill media types, reporters, producers, cameramen in order to win, you would hear no end of screaming and shrieking coming from the media about how evil the game is. Maybe someone should invent that video game and make it as popular as possible. Maybe then the media will admit they are the ones behind the mass murders we are seeing so frequently since the advent of these violent video games.

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If there is any question that kids playing these video games won’t have the outcome society desires of the new generations, just have a look at some of these outtakes. And if there is any question that Hollywood and the media aren’t speaking up enough about how video games are teaching America’s children to kill each other, well several of these games have also been made in to movies. So the media have a dog in the race. Of course they are going to blame the mass shootings on guns and not video games.

Let’s not forget that when I say “the media” I am also talking about cable companies today and internet service providers who enable play across state and country lines using the internet connections they provide. With no parental supervision of this type of activity, it is only a matter of time before a child develops into a sociopath and displays psychopathic behavior. Kids play these games until they can’t stay awake any more. They fall asleep killing things, each other. They go into a dream like state killing. They are addicted to these games. Teachers tell me they see kids playing these games on their cell phones during lunch and in the classroom. See this link where a video will appear showing some of the most violent video games kids play:

To 10 most violent video games that children play

 

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Why haven’t the media asked the question: “Did the Florida High School shooter play first-person shooter computer games?” All the kids play them today. Teachers tell me students play them every time they get a computer in class. The games are ubiquitous, in every American home. No wonder there are so many shootings. We had guns before we had first-person shooter games, long before we had first-person shooter games. Now instead of studying kids practice shooting at each other.

Reprint from Nov 8, 2017:

A while back I suggested that the reason a number of the larger computer manufacturers were chiming in on the gun rights issue was because computer manufacturers find gun sales to be in direct competition to that discretionary income which Americans use to purchase firearms, to purchase firearms instead of home computers, that is. I still believe it is the case. Yet that observation is only half of the story in my estimation. That’s not all.

What nobody in the media or anyone appear to be doing is amassing any data on whether or not the mass shootings were perpetrated by people who also play first-person shooter games on their computers and on the devices sold by those computer manufacturers and related corporations that hook up to televisions. Nobody seems to be seeing if there is a direct correlation, but we can all be rather certain that more people than ever, adults included, are playing first-person shooter games on their computers.

The data will show that for certain.

I believe there is a direct correlation with first-person shooter games and the increase in violent crime in The US. Even the games that are not branded as first-person shooter games frequently involve violent, psychotic scenarios where shooting unarmed human targets is involved. With each level, there are new targets as the tension on the screen builds and builds and builds until eventually there are no more levels for the addicted gamer to conquer. What do they do next to get their fix? Has the line between fantasy killing and reality already been erased by that point? Does the gaming industry know it? I think they do.

It is my opinion that the reason the media are not discussing the correlation is because the larger manufacturers of such games and computers that drive the games also own large shares in many of the media outlets. Instead, the computer manufacturers and video game manufacturers chime in on gun ownership to shift the focus.

I might add that Hollywood is in bed with the computer gaming industry. How many movies have you seen that were originally computer games? No wonder Hollywood is calling for gun control all of the time. Clearly it is a diversionary tactic. Does Hollywood know computer games and the related movies are blurring the line between fantasy murder and reality? I think they know it.

I would not be surprised if the families of victims of mass shootings along with a creative litigator could make such a correlation and began to take legal action against the manufacturers of such first-person shooter games and the related equipment used to generate the gaming environment. There is more money in the gaming industry than in the firearms industry, to be sure.

The manufacturers of the games are after all directly responsible for the “experience” and “the environment” resulting from the games, are they not? Yes, of course they are.

Instead of focusing on gun ownership in America, maybe we should be taking a closer look at the computer gaming industry and Hollywood. Americans have owned guns since the beginning. In contrast, an increase in mass shootings and the broad social acceptance of first-person shooter games are a relatively recent phenomenon.

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