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DAVIDSON: The Anxiety of Electronic Addiction

It’s so true!

Jeff Davidson

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*Originally published November 2020* For the past month, much of the nation has been glued to the TV screen, computer screen, and cellphone screen, caught up in the elections. Apart from elections, as a society, our exposure to the media has increased several hundred percent within a few decades, and while worldwide media coverage provides many benefits, it also has quite a few side effects.

As we spend more and more hours tuned to electronic media, we are exposed to tens of thousands of messages and images. Similarly to too much food at one sitting, too much data at once isn’t easily ingested.

The average person spends more than eight solid years watching electronically how other people supposedly live. Forty years ago three major television networks dominated television – ABC, NBC and CBS. Today, well, you know the story… In fact, there are now 500+ full-power independent television stations.

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We have become an anxious society that uses electronics to not feel alone, to evade confronting why we can’t seem to get what we want, or to avoid better use of the hours we say we so earnestly want.

As each breakthrough in communication and entertainment technology is introduced, it is accompanied by predictions of doom for its predecessors. Television was supposed to have finished radio. VCRs and then DVDs and DVRs were supposed to have finished off movie theaters. It hasn’t happened yet.

We retain, embrace, and offer rapt attention to all forms of media, and to the devices that transmit them to us. Our cultural and electronic addiction to the mass media not only inverts our perception of available time, but also diminishes our attention spans. Television and radio news features grow shorter and shorter to match the fragmented, decreasing attention spans of viewers.

Try this: For the next minute, stare at your watch. Or, if that’s too boring, think about something pleasurable you’re going to do today. Your perception of the length of a minute will differ vastly from using that minute to listen to the news or read a page from a magazine. Warning: The exercise you were going to undertake for a full minute may have just failed.

Our culture is so committed to motion and to information intake that you may be unable to make yourself stare at your watch or simply contemplate for one minute, even when the thought is of something pleasurable!

The Rise of Sensationalism

More than 100 years ago, William Randolph Hearst used sensationalism to heighten the most mundane of stories in order to sell more papers. For example, if one of his reporters turned in a story about a dog that got a foot stuck in a sewer grate, Hearst would have the headline changed to read, “CANINE TRAPPED IN TUNNEL OF DEATH.”

Today, to capture an over-stimulated, distracted population, television and other news media relies more and more on sensationalism. It’s now ingrained in the nature of broadcasting, and it’s hazardous to your breathing space. With a planet of more than five billion people, the various forms of media are easily furnished with an endless supply of turmoil for mass transmission. At any given moment, somebody is fomenting revolution somewhere. Such turmoil is packaged daily for the evening news.

We are lured with images of crashes, hostages, and natural disasters. We offer our time and rapt attention to each new hostility, scandal or disaster. Far more people die annually from choking on food than in plane crashes or by guns, but crashes and shootings make for great footage, and play into people’s fears.

According to a 2015 study from The Economist, your chance of dying from a domestic, commercial airplane mishap actually is one in 5,400,000. So, you only need to be concerned if you fly 100 times per year, for thousands of years.

Unless it directly affects you or your community, give up offering any attention whatsoever to news coverage of spectacular crashes, train wrecks, etc. If you’re concerned about reducing the incidence of violent death, learn the Heimlich maneuver or CPR. But please, stop being enthralled by spectacular media coverage of non-imperative events and sensationalized trivia.

Take Control

You can’t afford to pay homage to everyone else’s 15 minutes of fame. Tomorrow morning when getting ready for work, rather than switching on the radio or TV, quietly envision how you would like your day to be. Include everything that’s important to you – the commute, entering your building or your office, sitting down at your desk, handling tasks, and taking breaks.

Envision interacting with others, going to lunch, conducting or attending meetings, using the phone, finishing up projects, and walking out in the evening. With this exercise alone, you’ll begin to feel a greater sense of control in aspects of your job that you may have considered uncontrollable.

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Gen. Milley’s Overstepping was Habitual, According to Witnesses

His Chinese collusion was nothing new, it seems.

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Last week, Americans learned several shocking tidbits of information regarding the last several weeks of the Trump presidency, and it infuriated much of the nation.

The most prominent offense came from General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was reported to have taken extracurricular actions to preemptively stymy any plans that then-President Trump may have had to either attack China or use our nation’s nuclear arsenal.

In the case of the China story, Milley was said to have made phone calls to his counterparts in Beijing, assuring them that Trump wouldn’t be launching any sort of strike against China during his final days in office.  Milley also made it clear that he would warn them if any such plan was coming to fruition.

This had Americans concerned, believing that Milley had overstepped his role and circumvented the authority of the Commander in Chief.

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Now, a witness from inside the administration has suggested that this sort of behavior wasn’t abnormal for Milley.

E. Casey Wardynski, a former assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, claimed that Milley — who, according to the book, “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, called his Chinese counterpart twice to tell him that the US would not attack Beijing — routinely violated the bounds of his authority.

Wardynski said Milley and chief of staff of the US Army Gen. James McConville engaged in a “pattern of behavior” to thwart President Donald Trump.

“These kinds of behaviors and this willingness for military leaders to exceed their authorities and ignore authorities of the civilian officials appointed over them … positions under the Constitution and laws of the country was not something that came to them on Jan. 8,” Wardynski told Fox News.

And then, tersely:

“It was something that they had done for a while.”

Milley has so-far resisted calls for his resignation following the incident.

Last week, Americans learned several shocking tidbits of information regarding the last several weeks of the Trump presidency, and it infuriated much of the nation. The most prominent offense came from General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was reported to have taken extracurricular actions to preemptively stymy any plans that then-President Trump may have had to either attack China or use our nation’s nuclear arsenal. In the case of the China story, Milley was said to have made phone calls to his counterparts in Beijing, assuring them that Trump wouldn’t be launching any sort of strike against China during his final days in office.  Milley also made it clear that he would warn them if any such plan was coming to fruition. This had Americans concerned, believing that Milley had overstepped his role and circumvented the authority of the Commander in Chief. Now, a witness from inside the administration has suggested that this sort of behavior wasn’t abnormal for Milley. E. Casey Wardynski, a former assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, claimed that Milley — who, according to the book, “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, called his Chinese counterpart twice to tell him that the US would not attack Beijing — routinely violated the bounds of his authority. Wardynski said Milley and chief of staff of the US Army Gen. James McConville engaged in a “pattern of behavior” to thwart President Donald Trump. “These kinds of behaviors and this willingness for military leaders to exceed their authorities and ignore authorities of the civilian officials appointed over them … positions under the Constitution and laws of the country was not something that came to them on Jan. 8,” Wardynski told Fox News. And then, tersely: “It was something that…

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Political Prisoners in America: the January 6th Capitol Occupiers

No can passively sit by and hope that things will turn out for the better. 

Jeff Davidson

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The United States of America was founded based on a constitution and amendments that guarantee rights to the individual; a republic where laws prevail, to be dispensed impartially; where unlawful search and seizure is not permitted; and where due process matters. 

We are supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave; the nation which immigrants from around the world yearn to reach; the beacon of democracy and the shining example on Earth of a free people in a free land. Nevertheless, the Biden Administration, has taken action unprecedented in our history. It is treating those individuals who inhabited the U.S. Capitol on January 6th as if they are murderous terrorists. 

The people that Biden is holding, in many cases for months on end in solitary confinement, are being denied their fundamental rights as American citizens. 

An Insurrection? According to Whom?

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Large numbers of people who entered the Capitol that day were ushered in by the Capitol guards. They merely walked through doors that were held open for them. The claims of insurrection are entirely ridiculous. No one had weapons. 

How do you mount an insurrection with no armaments? Virtually every Capitol occupier had either a plane reservation or car ride ready for that evening or the next day. They did not intend to stay. In short, no organized attempt to overthrow the government was underway, and every Biden official knows that.

The ranks of actual Trump supporters, however, were infiltrated by members of Antifa and true insurrectionists who sought to create a false flag, making it seem as if Donald Trump and Trump inspired supporters intended to overthrow the U.S. government. 

Trump supporters had no intention of overthrowing the United States government – it is total hogwash as is known by anyone who is familiar with the facts. Ashley Babbitt, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was killed by a Capitol guard. She posed no threat, however, carried no weapon, and based on the more rambunctious activity of some Capitol occupiers did nothing to earn her fate.

Angel Harrelson, whose husband is among the incarcerated, started a petition to Florida Senator Rick Scott (R). She implored government officials to “Free our political prisoners now! They are being mistreated and tortured. They are innocent until proven guilty. We want the public to see all footage from inside of the capital, now, with no cuts on footage, and no bits and pieces here and there!” She explained that she is one of the family members with a spouse in political prison. 

Biden and Company Keep Reaching New Lows

The Biden Administration, and its incalculably undemocratic, unlawful, and despicable approach to administering justice, is stifling attempts to ensure that these incarcerated individuals receive lawful and constitutional protections. Justice actually must be served before and during the legal proceedings for any of the incarcerated.

What an outrage that a petition even needs to be created, circulated, signed, and submitted. When, indeed, do we petition for basic Constitutional protections, in this case, from our own government?

Biden’s handlers know full well about the treasonous behavior in which they are engaged. They feel all-powerful, however, and appear unconcerned. They’ve got the sycophantic press on their side as well as multi-millions of gullible Democrats, liberals, and progressives who believe that Biden is a kind man, his administration is both fair and just, and the Capitol occupiers are in league with the devil. As usual, the exact opposite is true.

For many decades, the U.S. Department of Justice has engaged in egregious acts of prosecutorial misconduct. DOJ prosecuting attorneys seek convictions by any means necessary. If that involves withholding evidence, delaying court cases, and bleeding the persecuted financially dry, then so be it. Within a 97% conviction rate, as a nation, we have crossed the line into banana republic territory.

Stand Strong, Speak Loudly

Our voices need to be heard: Write to your Congressional representatives, to your Senators, to the editors of your newspapers, and to the gatekeepers of information and communication in our society. This includes the wannabe autocrats at Facebook, Google, Amazon, Twitter, etc, who don’t fool us with their rigged algorithms and ‘community standards.’ 

The contortion of real news by the Leftist gatekeepers, the views that they push, and the censorship in which they’ve been engaged, for far too long, will not diminish us. We know their end game: it is total control of the masses, ever to be ruled by a fraudulently elected ruling class, backed by über-liberal billionaires who believe they are the anointed ones.

No can passively sit by and hope that things will turn out for the better. 

 

The United States of America was founded based on a constitution and amendments that guarantee rights to the individual; a republic where laws prevail, to be dispensed impartially; where unlawful search and seizure is not permitted; and where due process matters.  We are supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave; the nation which immigrants from around the world yearn to reach; the beacon of democracy and the shining example on Earth of a free people in a free land. Nevertheless, the Biden Administration, has taken action unprecedented in our history. It is treating those individuals who inhabited the U.S. Capitol on January 6th as if they are murderous terrorists.  The people that Biden is holding, in many cases for months on end in solitary confinement, are being denied their fundamental rights as American citizens.  An Insurrection? According to Whom? Large numbers of people who entered the Capitol that day were ushered in by the Capitol guards. They merely walked through doors that were held open for them. The claims of insurrection are entirely ridiculous. No one had weapons.  How do you mount an insurrection with no armaments? Virtually every Capitol occupier had either a plane reservation or car ride ready for that evening or the next day. They did not intend to stay. In short, no organized attempt to overthrow the government was underway, and every Biden official knows that. The ranks of actual Trump supporters, however, were infiltrated by members of Antifa and true insurrectionists who sought to create a false flag, making it seem as if Donald Trump and Trump inspired supporters intended to overthrow the U.S. government.  Trump supporters had no intention of overthrowing the United States government – it is total hogwash as is known by anyone who is…

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