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Cynical Citizens Already Crying “Hoax” in Serial Mail Bombing Case

This does not bode well for civility, folks, when our distrust in the media is at such a peak.

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Over the course of the last few years, Americans have become a bit jaded.

Of course, the information revolution that our species has undergone over the course of the last few decades has a great deal to do with this.  We are now practically inundated with information at all times, much of it in the form of advertising.  In many ways, we are truly overexposed to advertising, and we can see it in social media today.

You see, in advertising there is an inherent competition to stand out and effectively hack your audience’s thought patterns to sell a product.  As newcomers learn the lessons of advertisers before them, the next guys will up the ante, making the effect on our brains that much more powerful.  This goes on and on, constantly exposing the population to these bombastic tactics, and forever altering the way in which we perceive the world around us.

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Such is the case in the horrific tale of yesterday’s mail bombing scare, and the internet’s reaction to it.

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First, there is this:

A woman insinuating that the bombs were fake?  That’s ludicrous, isn’t it?

Well, not according to Google search trends in the hours in which the story was developing:

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That spike in searches for the term “false flag” indicates that Americans have been so desensitized by the media that they immediately began wondering if CNN was somehow in on their own bombing.

This does not bode well for civility, folks, when our distrust in the media is at such a peak.

And, just to be perfectly clear, I am not insinuating that there is any reason to believe foul play outside of the official story so far.  I am merely reporting on the direction in which our nation is headed based on these odd reactions.

 

 

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New Pork Rules Could Outlaw Bacon in California

This would be an unforgivable overreach by the state government.

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There are plenty of times in which Americans engage in a bit of exaggeration at the expense of our federal government.  It’s a defense mechanism, really, in which we are trained to extrapolate the worst possible outcome of any interaction with our elected officials, to guard against abuse at the hands of the tyrannical among us. Very rarely do these sorts of predictions come true.  Truly, this is just part of the American DNA, and it has deep roots in the caffeinated waters of Boston Harbor back in 1773. And if you thought that a new tax on tea was a flimsy enough excuse to rail against the oppressors, what happens when a state government outlaws bacon? At the beginning of next year, California will begin enforcing an animal welfare proposition approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 that requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves. National veal and egg producers are optimistic they can meet the new standards, but only 4% of hog operations now comply with the new rules. Unless the courts intervene or the state temporarily allows non-compliant meat to be sold in the state, California will lose almost all of its pork supply, much of which comes from Iowa, and pork producers will face higher costs to regain a key market. The threat is no hogwash, either. California’s restaurants and groceries use about 255 million pounds of pork a month, but its farms produce only 45 million pounds, according to Rabobank, a global food and agriculture financial services company. The National Pork Producers Council has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal aid to help pay for retrofitting hog facilities around the nation to fill the gap. Hog farmers said they haven’t complied because of the cost and because California hasn’t yet issued…

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Secret Service Reduced to Starbuck’s Runs with Hunter Biden’s Wife

And just wait until you see what it cost the taxpayers!

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For an elite law enforcement unit such as the Secret Service, there has to come a point in which you wonder what it is that you’re even doing sometimes. These are the folks who would take a bullet, very literally, for our executive branch, yet some within the first family seem to think that they’re also to be used as errand boys. Hunter Biden’s wife was spotted being escorted by Secret Service agents on a Malibu, California coffee run Tuesday. Melissa Cohen, mother of Hunter’s 1-year-old son Beau, was spotted grabbing an iced coffee at a Starbucks near the couple’s California home accompanied by Secret Service agents. One agent stayed in the car behind the wheel while another agent opened the door for Cohen as she returned to the car holding the iced coffee. And just wait until you see what this coffee run cost the taxpayers… The Daily Mail calculated that since top agents earn $148,437 per year, which translates to an hourly rate of $71.36, the two-hour coffee excursion had a taxpayer-funded price tag of up to $285.44. The couple has been given 24-hour Secret Service protection at their $20,000 a month Malibu home. Hunter Biden has long stood accused of benefiting unduly from his father’s political clout, and it appears that perhaps this sort of sentiment is now spreading throughout the family.

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