|What passes for facts in the Alt-right world (link here Caution: Language.)|
By Bob Ferris
Okay. Yeah. I am fresh from another on-line debate. No, that is not right. I was expressing my outrage at the unfounded and manufactured attacks on these grieving high school students in Florida. The response being one more shovelful of crap after another. They are coached. But the earpiece. Crisis actors. Not from Florida. Already graduated from another school. There was a second shooter. Kind of deplorable in the full mouth of apple and half-eaten worm kind of way. But this is what we have and we see it sprinkled over everything from the Florida shooting to the recent Mueller indictments and from climate change to vaccinations.
I tend to think of this collective phenomenon as a virus. A societal disease that I wish was less wide-spread and not as fact-resistant as we what we see above. In my efforts to inject facts into some of this discourse I have been told to "grow up" or "mature." I actually have followed both those directives which is why I use calm insults rather than more forceful means when confronting those who spew unfounded rumors and disproved gossip like a Tiger Beat-reading teen.
But holding the tone down is admittedly difficult in the face of ridiculousness when your entire being screams from the sting of acidic ignorance and the intellectual injuries resulting from exposure to the toxic twists of obvious lies and propaganda. Take one of the vehicles used to deliver some of this morning's misinformation--a site called The Burning Platform (TBP). They used the above graphic to protest being banned from Twitter. Their thesis being that not all conservative websites were Russian bots. While their claim may be valid, one of their main advertisers is Zeropark, a Warsaw-based company (see below), whose adds are frequently done in Cyrillic lettering and have kind of an Eastern Bloc vibe as does TBP's reposting of Kremlin-friendly Zero-Hedge articles. It seems to me if you do not want to be considered a "duck," you might take steps to be a little less festooned with feathers.
The above from TBP is illustrative also, because it presents another symptom of this insidious virus: the seductive guise of insider information that others might not have or certainly would not understand if they did. The above is couched in what can only be classified as "conspiracy-speak." Now I am not sure how one logically jumps to the conclusion that blind acceptance of anonymous information stored two standard deviations from the norm (i.e., MSM) is a sign of superior intelligence, but the sufferers of this malady wear this proudly like measles. To me and many others it more closely resembles a child running naked through the streets anxious to show the world their foolishness and the large, red "F" on their report card.
We all know those so infected. They post and post thinking themselves geniuses perhaps because of their limited or compromised lenses. Figuratively, they stand on strange shadowed peaks not understanding that the darkness they experience comes from the shade thrown by heights they think they have already climbed, but have not. They enthusiastically confuse earpieces used for remote interviews as mind-control or prompting and embrace the narrative that the Las Vegas shootings, like the moon landing and the Holocaust, never happened.
The woman in the CNN video clip wants to think herself a patriot. She holds this notion even when confronted with the idea that she was connected electronically with Russians feeding her suggestions and wanting to do us harm. The conversation follows the painfully-predictable course we have all seen as it degrades into the land of didn't-do-it, then progressing then to wouldn't-matter-if-I-did. It seemed like it was probably warming up to a charge of ad hominem, but she retreated into her house clinging, limpet-like to her beliefs. Knowing or unknowing collusion with our nation's adversaries seems about as far away from patriotism as one can get. But many do strange things while they are fevered.
Hopefully, our nation is sufficiently resilient to weather this bout of flu. Interestingly, the indications of healing seem to be springing from same source as the expressed symptoms. That these students and others across the nation are willing to suffer this tragedy, persevere through this attack, and still speak up as those of my generation did in the 1960s is encouraging. These student marches and protests are like the sweat of a breaking fever. Please continue to have the courage of your convictions and lead us through this.