Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fear is the mind-killer

Listening to: "Crawling Back to You," Tom Petty

A glance at the headlines reveals that the fear-mongers are out in full force. It would be hard to go through the news and not have a spark or two of alarm. Here's the list from My Yahoo:

"Clinton accuses Obama of inexperience abroad." Be afraid that the man most likely to be the next U.S. president can't handle the job.

"Controversial border fence hot issue in Texas primary." The fence is there because we should be afraid of people invading our country and taking our jobs an/or social service tax dollars.

"Iran dismisses nuclear weapons documents as fabrications." But be afraid that jihadists are plotting to blow up our cities.

"Number of U.S. homes facing foreclosure jumps 57 percent." Be afraid, you may be next to be tossed out of our homes onto the street.

"Gas prices reach highest level in more than eight months." Be afraid you won't be able to afford filling the gas tank — can't get to work, lose your job ...

"'Doomsday' vault to protect seeds from global catastrophe." European Union officials have placed millions of crop seeds in a vault on a remote Norwegian island so that when if a disaster kills most of us and ravages the land, humanity will be able to crawl out of the rubble. How's that for a scary thought?

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
— H.L. Mencken

"Most things I worry about never happen anyway."
— Tom Petty

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Anonymous CK said...

You would think that there would be a way for the "little guy" to get in on the fear profit stream.
Other than scrap metal and soybeans, it is about all the USA can produce in both quantity and quality.

7:26 AM  

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