Monday, January 30, 2017
When Prophecy Fails
Granted some issues can be argued either way. The above graphic about news quality comes from this site. It tries to establish what are the more reliable news sources. Some are biased, but that's not to say they don't have some bit of truth to them, say Fox news for example. But if you look at the far right side and bottom of the graph, you'll see that Glen Beck's infotainment (I won't call it news) is low on the scale as is Alex Jone's propagandist site, Info Wars, which both rate nil.
I don't suppose knowing this, except for me personally, will amount to much, but it's good to have this graph handy I guess if you are trying to win points for staying informed. I had a friend (past tense) who I grew up with back in high school and college who drifted his own way, and I had to go mine. He was always a bit of a loner, but so am I, and we shared many things in common like music and movies and whatnot. We used to be pretty close, at least from a long distance (not living in the same city, plus Texas is pretty spread out). At any rate, I remember going to his property in Georgetown, Tx and seeing that he is now raising Icelandic horses. Good luck with that, and also a particular type sheep dog or whatever. Sometime back he sent me an email about music or something about improving one's health, and we chatted a bit, but he'd quickly turn the conversation over to government conspiracy, ie. about the how the Bilderberg group were taking over, end of the world scenarios, George W. Bush having something to do with blowing up the 9-11 towers, and all sorts of nutsville stuff.
We'd argue back and forth, and spent way to much time doing so, until I had to tell him, look it's obvious we don't agree on that topic, why not avoid that and just chat about something that's not so polarizing. He would not do that, so I had to let him go, or he went his own way. I think one of the final straws was he blamed me for something I didn't do. He came back about a year later or so, again sending me a Youtube video of a musician, and I told him that's cool. We reunited for about a day before he got back into his bullshit again. Then he disappeared again.
At any rate, I guess what I'm getting at is, people gonna believe what that wanna believe whether they got facts or not, it might just be a totally uninformed opinion. That's just the way of the world, I guess that's life. That goes back to our current president and his followers. They want to believe what they want to believe, evidently some facts just don't matter to them. What makes matters worse, Trump just won't let lying dogs lie. He's gotta tweet about it.
Here's an interesting article about self-deception.
But I found the article buried within that article on a 50s UFO conspiracy every bit as interesting: When Prophecy Fails.