Remember back a short 4 years ago? Life seemed relatively stable, sane … normal. Not so today …
Conspiracies abound …
Creating conspiracy theories seem to be the favourite hobby of those who haven’t the wits to do anything more constructive with their lives. Trouble is, a lot of people will fall for them without either checking facts or thinking for themselves, and they sometimes become dangerous, such as the Pizzagate hoax back in 2016.
Ever since last year when tech companies began rolling out the latest generation of wireless communication, called 5G, conspiracy theories have run rampant. Most of us roll our eyes and brush them off, for they are so far-fetched that even a child wouldn’t fall for them. But, in this, the year of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all had our worlds turned upside down and perhaps aren’t thinking quite clearly.
This time, an internet conspiracy theory links the spread of the coronavirus to 5G technology. Under the false idea, which has gained momentum in Facebook groups, WhatsApp messages and YouTube videos, radio waves sent by 5G technology are causing small changes to people’s bodies that make them succumb to the virus. In other times, even as recently as four months ago, only a handful of people would likely have taken this seriously and even that handful would have been content to spout their nonsense on the ‘Net. But, as I said, these are scary times with a pandemic inexplicably raging out of control and some are taking it all quite seriously.
Across Britain, more than 30 acts of arson and vandalism have taken place against wireless towers and other telecom gear this month, according to police reports and a telecom trade group. In roughly 80 other incidents in the country, telecom technicians have been harassed on the job. When people start harming property and people because they fall for a hoax like this, it’s time to shut it down. I am all for freedom of speech, but this is inciting violence and that’s when it’s no longer free speech but hate speech.
It doesn’t help that two prominent actors, Woody Harrelson and John Cusack, are promoting the falsehood … some will believe it if only because somebody famous said it. Unfortunately, with most people in the western world being under forced isolation they have plenty of extra time to surf the internet and far too many will believe this sort of garbage. Each of us who use WiFi or cell phones will pay the price for those damaged cell towers, as the companies who owned them will pass the costs for repairs and replacement, not to mention additional security, on to we the consumer. Worse yet, eventually somebody will be hurt or killed … and all because this was someone’s idea of fun. Doesn’t say much for the human condition, does it?
Speaking of conspiracy theories …
There are so many villains in the current administration that it’s hard to decide who’s the crookedest of them all. I could name at least 30 off the top of my head, but for the moment I think Attorney General William Barr is at or near the top of the list.
You’ll remember, of course, the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the Trump campaign’s illicit dealings with Russia during the 2016 election campaign. Mueller’s investigation proved that certain people connected with Trump and/or his campaign did, in fact, engage in a conspiracy with Russia to give Trump assistance in winning the election. The facts prove that, as does the fact that some of those people are now in prison.
But Bill Barr has decided the whole thing was a conspiracy theory designed to “sabotage the presidency”. Now, first of all, he has no evidence whatsoever for his claim, but … hey, when did a lack of facts ever stop anybody in this administration from spouting off at the mouth? Barr was being interviewed by the ignoble Laura Ingraham on Fox News when he claimed …
“I think the president has every right to be frustrated, because I think what happened to him was one of the greatest travesties in American history. Even more concerning, actually, is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events while he was president to sabotage the presidency, and I think that – or at least have the effect of sabotaging the presidency.”
Mr. Barr … just how stupid do you think the public are? Perhaps you are judging us all by the company you keep, but that would be a mistake. The justice department’s inspector general found in a December report that the FBI was fully justified in opening the investigation to protect against a potential national security threat. It did not find any evidence that the decision to start the investigation was motivated by political bias.
And … “one of the greatest travesties in American history”??? Seriously??? There are so many ‘travesties’ in the history of this country that it would take a thousand pages or more to tell about them all. No, Bill, this is not even a minor travesty … this was due process of law in action.
This is not an administration, not a government, it is a three-ring circus populated by some of the world’s most ridiculous clowns! I am insulted that these people expect us to believe the line of bullshit they constantly spout.
And then there’s this:
Remember that $2.3 trillion stimulus bill recently passed by Congress? Well, part of it was for we the people, part to help small businesses, and part to bail out big corporations so that the CEOs won’t have to reach into their own deep pockets. Among those corporations are the airline industry, and one corporation within the airline industry is, of course, Boeing.
On Friday, Trump was asked by a reporter if Boeing should be penalized for mass layoffs (approximately 10% of their staff) despite receiving federal aid. Trump claimed that Boeing, which he described as “probably the greatest company in the world”, was yet to ask for aid, though he anticipated that the company would.
First of all, Trump lied (what a surprise, eh?) On March 17th, ten days before the stimulus bill was even passed, Boeing requested $60bn in government aid. But the bigger shock was that he had the gall to call Boeing the “greatest company in the world”! Greatest company in the world??? The company who cut corners and cheated on safety to save money, causing the deaths of 346 people? Boeing planes have been involved in countless incidents and near misses, twenty-five just since 2006. Their 737 MAX, the plane involved in the two latest crashes, is grounded because of the software glitch that caused the crashes … a problem that proper testing would have detected before the plane was approved for flight if the FAA and Boeing had not let that ball drop. No, Donnie boy, Boeing is not even in the top 500 companies in the world! And yet we the taxpayers are bailing them out of trouble.
And last but not least …
Trump reportedly asks for prayers for healthcare workers … Say WHAT??? How about sending them the equipment they’re practically begging for? How about giving them the resources they need to do their jobs? How about shutting up and letting them do their jobs? Excuse me, Donnie, but your prayers, especially yours, are about as worthless as your ‘word’ on anything. Do something right, just for once in your life!