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All week I’ve been seeing and hearing explanations by the media that video games are not the cause of the mass shootings and that there is no correlation between mass shootings and video games. And when I talk about “video” games here I am referring to what are called “first-person shooter” games where someone is using a video game controller of some form or computer mouse as the actionable weapon used to kill in a video game.

One report said that kids in Great Britain play video games as much as US kids and they don’t have the same violent tendencies and shoot up the place all of the time. The report of course neglected to mention that citizens are generally not able to have guns in most places in Europe and that gun ownership is highly restricted and expensive, to the point even that if you own guns you have to store them in a common location and you can’t have them in your own home. My response is obvious, that you can’t have a “correlation” if the variables and constants are not the same. But much of the viewing public bought it I’m sure as they don’t have the time to examine the issue closely enough, which of course was the intention of running slanted story in the first place, misdirection.

I think with video games and mass shootings, much like the correlation between money and crime where an investigator of white collar crime will tell you to follow the money, in the case of video games instead of following the money you need to follow the wires, and the wires are usually hooked up to a video game controller and to the television. Follow the wires.

There’s your answer as to why the media is telling you that there is no correlation. There is in fact a direct, physical connection to the mass media and thereby a correlation. Not only is there a correlation, the line between the video game fantasy killing and the reality mass shooting stories in the news is completely blurred as the gamer goes seamlessly from the one medium, the video game, to the other, the television, with the touch of the button on a remote.

The video games train the kids to kill not unlike a military simulator and the television rewards them with images of real mass murders not unlike Pavlov and his dogs. Eventually, the gamers start to fantasize about killing in reality and can no longer control their actions and begin searching for a reason to rationalize their actions. Obviously it doesn’t take much by that point. The killing is in the news, it is in the video games, and it is in the movies. The gamers don’t see anything else. They are immersed in it. They begin crave it. It was declared an addiction by the World Health Organization. That should tell you something. The WHO considers video game addiction a disease. What do you mean there is no correlation?

Yes, there IS a direct correlation between video games and mass shootings. The media, often sharing ownership of the companies that make the video games, are likely concerned about a clever attorney or lots of them coming along and beginning some sort of class action lawsuit that will be expensive to defend and settle.

Which is of course why there is no correlation between first-person shooter video games and mass murders, if you know what I mean.

Follow the wires.

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This Monday morning following the weekend attack in Pittsburgh The CBS Morning Show had a so-called “analyst” on who said that The FBI is restricted from monitoring social media for certain types of speech. Maybe, the implication was, the attack in Pittsburgh could have been stopped were The FBI or some other government body monitoring social media.

The woman , the “analyst,” dressed in a shape revealing, tight-fitting black shirt skirt that probably cost a lot of money who obviously had numerous plastic surgeries to her face and had spent thousands of dollars on her hair recently said that maybe it is time for the government to start monitoring social media, a blanket search warrant on us all, another one following the various iterations of The Patriot Act.

Naturally, the thought came to mind of the quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Let me elaborate on what Benjamin Franklin said. Franklin essentially said that CBS deserves neither liberty or security. That’s what that means.

CBS didn’t waste any time attempting to hack away at your liberties, no time at all. None. Started it off first thing Monday morning, shoving you back in to submission. Make no mistake, that’s what they are up to with that type of rhetoric.

Let’s stop letting the media determine policy.

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With the media constantly telling you what’s right and what’s wrong and what’s good for you and what’s not and with the Congress giving you a tax break for one thing and not the other, well, this really ain’t no free country anymore, is it?

Yeah, you can still do what you want but now more than ever the government or some corporation is making you do what they want you to do and making you pay if you don’t instead of you doing what you want or what is best for YOU. Because what is best for everyone else might not be what’s best for YOU, whether the government or some corporation wants you to do it or not.

It’s still a free country if you don’t mind letting some media corporation, agency, or shopping or social media web site follow your every move on the internet and sell that information or profit from it or photograph/video you if you merely step outside your door or stand in front of your window where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.

No, this ain’t no free country anymore.

When you examine the costs to your liberties, the encroachment upon your privacy, the constant and previously illegal searches, that ain’t free. That’s expensive, extremely expensive! Free country? Don’t believe it!

So, when someone lashes out at one of those institutions, I can’t say I don’t agree with them to a certain extent. Americans are constantly probed and their privacy is bought and sold so frequently nowadays while they profit very little from their own activity yet are made completely vulnerable (look at all the data breaches), that even though such activity may not on the surface feel very invasive, it is invasive, in its entirety and over long periods of time it is even more invasive, and as a result it is difficult to disagree with someone defending their place from all of that, even if their response seems to be to the extreme.

Free country? I hate to disillusion you, ladies and gentlemen, but this ain’t no free country anymore. It just ain’t.

Note: Ain’t was used for emphasis. The correct usage is “Isn’t a,” not “ain’t no.” 

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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 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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One of the more interesting aspects to me of social media are the inevitable conspiracy theories that appear after every tragedy. To me this phenomenon of what are often regular people trying to explain an event in direct contradiction to the media “party line” is a valuable analytical tool, if you want to call it that.

Though many of the conspiracy theories I read on one social media platform or another are just that, theories that have no factual basis, those theories nevertheless enhance the analytical process by demonstrating a different perspective that often solidifies public information on the matter or supports an alternative conclusion I may have reached.

Prior to social media, there was only the media “party line” that was prevalent on all readily accessible media outlets, no matter how quickly you could change the channel or turn the page.

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I hate to say it but if you are like me you are probably sick and tired of hearing the Hollywood propagandist types wailing about the current administration and the conservative voter.

That is why I am boycotting the Oscars tonight and so should you.

Some of you may even take it one step further and boycott your local theater so you don’t have to pay for the propaganda, something that I’ve written many times before should be free. You shouldn’t have to pay to watch somebody’s propaganda.

Art is one thing, entertainment is another, but propaganda is propaganda and you shouldn’t have to pay for it.

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