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In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, there was a questions posed on Reddit: Why have the media been so cautious not to show the carnage from the war in Afghanistan but they were so quick to show the bomb blasts, blood and carnage in Boston? There are two reasons I can think of: 1 - News is Infotainment or 2 - News is Propaganda. There is very little available that I would call actual hard news.
I couple of years back I met someone at a work conference who mentioned Geocaching. For those who do not know, it's a GPS enabled "treasure hunt". People hid containers and post the coordinates on the Geocaching site, and people like me, get the coordinates and go out and look for these things. I have a great time with it when I have a chance to get out there.
I do rant. I rant quite a bit. For every rant I express, whether out loud to my poor, very patient wife, on Facebook or on this blog, there are probably five more in my head at any given moment.
I'm a podcast guy. I listen to a few and have quite a few more I am pretty backed up on. Once podcast that I listen to on a regular basis is This American Life, with the iconic Ira Glass.
Rand Paul filibustered the appointment of John Brennan as the director of the CIA over answers about the drone program. There is a concern, to say the least, about using drones to kill American citizens overseas. There is also a fear that the power of the President will expand to using drones to kill American citizens within U.S. borders.
I removed my post from yesterday about the media because it came across as a little too conspiracy theory-ish, though I was told that since I hadn’t mentioned central banks, Rothschilds, Bilderberg, Trilateral Commission, Freemasons or the Illuminati so I was really good to go. Still, I reread it later and didn’t like it so it’s gone. Luckily enough, two things happened since then that I get to revisit the subject and will try to do so in a way that leaves the tin-foil hat to the side. So what happened?
I was walking to Penn Station from Union Square yesterday. As I walk through the city, I always remember what people say about New Yorkers never looking up. If you see someone looking up at the buildings they must be a tourist.