Let’s talk about something you won’t find on the “conspiracy” sites, and yet when considered in a nice, even-handed scientific way, makes eminent sense:
We should be on guard for a new “hot button” to show up in headlines in the next week (or several) because the “emotional controls” on the population are getting weak as people sicken of useless news and officialdom’s in ability to fix the people’s real problems. In other words, “Present news ain’t cutting it.”
There are two schools of thought on why this might be the case. Conspiracy sites tend to what I’d call the evil personified answer. They like being able to attach a “name” to whatever is their emo-reins.
The “people” who control this version of reality are variously called “the powers that be,” while some call it “the CFR,” while others refer to “Soros,” and we especially like what one of Slick Willy Clinton’s professors from his college days, Carroll Quigley, called “The Network.”
And yes, there is some element too the personification reasoning that appeals – and you don’t even need a foundation to “get it.”
A more free-form approach, however, is that the focus of our attention on news verges on spontaneous and self-arising.
Into this pile we toss manias like Bitcoin and the other cryptos which are trading well-documented trails of predictable technical analysis projections of their pricing, much to the chagrin of coiners.
This self-arising, widely-distributed thought-virus concept was evident as I posted the “Aliens voicemail” story Sunday. I did this on a mostly-speculative basis, but “Aha!”
Here we go in reaction to the “aliens” story with the headline “MH370 Conspiracy Theory Of Plane Found With Bullet Holes Rejected By Australia.” Yet the MSM (mainstream media) shy away from the voicemail meme although clearly, there’s a tie-in to the MH370 disappearance, whether factually or manipulatively is unknowable.
Stories Falling Apart
Regardless of which view you have (external controllers or self-arising world is crazy) there are clearly a LOT of stories that are reaching their logical conclusions – and that’s not only bad for water cooler conversation (which seasonally is turning to softball leagues and school), but it’s also killing the news media which is losing viewers regardless of the shrill levels of hype.
One story falling apart? The Mueller Fishing Expedition, as we’ve labeled it from the get-go, much to the dislike of ,moderate readers who thought we’d gone off the deep-end in defense of Trump. Now that stories like “Mueller’s Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards ” are getting traction, our view from the outset will likely be seen as a pretty good “news judgement call” – one that’s been better than the MSM.
On the other hand, it did not increase UrbanSurvival readership, in spite of our (once again) having the right perspective on things.
Don’t get me wrong, the Trump stories aren’t going away yet, but we may be at the proverbial “fork in the road.”
On the plus side, a Michael Goodwin column in the NY Post lays out the very real need for a second special prosecutor to not only ferret out leakers and deceivers at the high levels of the FBI asnd DOJ, but also to ask if Loretta Lynch had been promised a Supreme Court seat or other quid pro quo for burying anything that could touch the Teflon (or, at least hard-anodized) democratic presidential wannabe.
Am I giving a free pass to all things Trump? Oh, hell no. In fact, Jared Kushner has a lot of explaining to do about the business practices and official filings of his construction operations in NYC that may have displaced rent-controlled tenants in buildings his company rehabbed and flipped.
Specifically, see the story alleging “Kushner’s company regularly filed false work permits in New York.”
To be sure, Kushner’s already answering with the “third party defense” but while this kind of thing really goes on, it doesn’t absolve him as the responsible party. And that in turn maybe means something about his personal ethics and such.
The problem for the ratings-depleted media, however, is there’s not enough emotional impact of this (outside the boroughs) to matter a hill of beans. And, if Kushner gets credit for any NAFTA talk breakthroughs, or framing that Middle East Peach Plan (whatever number we’re up to there…), then he’ll likely not get “the chair” as democrats hope.
This is a bit longish, but the point I’m making is that the news flow is out of the “gotta turn on TV” mode and we’re back into watching personal paint dry.
Korea Worries Down, Too
Along the same lines, the story about an imminent US attack on North Korea (including possible first-use of nukes as “bunker-busters” has dissipated.
This is very bad for people who sell radiation detection equipment and falling news organizations desperate to provide agenda-driven cheer-leading.
Face it: How many “tell your doctor” ads can to sell to an audience of zero?
We see the potential for national-emotion-grabbing (and twisting) as a fourth bomb – possibly detonated by a tripwire – went off in Austin Texas last evening.
As of press time this morning, the term “may be racially motivated” has shown up in a few stories but we don’t know the ethnicity of the two men injured in the Sunday explosion.
And a Google News search [“racially motivated”] returns not only the Austin story, but also about the attacks on white farmers in South Africa who are losing their land to what’s turning into a black supremicist government.
Austin and South Africa? Keep an eye on developments in both places. But, as regards Austin, one sicko isn’t likely to trigger a civil war.
And that gets us back to the “lack of news.”
Fortunately, There’s the Economy
Everyone’s got a stake in it, and our week of declining stocks expected is starting off with the Dow set to open down 150-ish because of uncerttainty over the Fed meeting that gets underway tomorrow and leads to the rate decision Wednesday.
This will be Jerome Powell’s first meeting as Fed chair – since Janet took off.
Al Gore’s Hollow Hype
Meantime, the media are being reduced to covering our favorite buddingd carbon billionaire in-the-making, Al Gore.
We hold Gore in awe not for the quality of his scientific judgement (and no, he didn’t invent the internet!). But a craftier monetizer of the public’s fear is hard to find.
If Gore walked the talk, he’d make his global promotions via Skype in order to reduct global warming. Which, near as we can figure it, is powered by politican hot air from media-driven demogogues.
Demonizing Russia Falters
Now that Vlad Putin is solid and in for another six-year term as president, we wonder what machinations will come out of Foggy Bottom (the State Department) when Mike Pompeo is taking up the reins?
Ansent real issues, we noticed the Washington Post piece on Heather Nauert and wondered what their agenda will be? In the meantime, Rand Paul’s remarks “People eager for war shouldn’t be running the State Department” feels exactly on point.
IS Monday Worth $2.50?
That’s what it comes down to.
If you’re not being emotionally-hooked by the kind of news we review here, with some in-depth stories about how “Facebook’s Role in Data Misuse Sets Off Storms on Two Continents,” you may not spend the $2.50 news stand price for the Monday NY Times.
And that’s what it really comes down to.
People are beginning to understand that 70-80 percent of news is “issued” as press releases. And, if you give a rip about a particular sector, you just subscribe to the agency RSS feeds, or look at how the rewriting media are all trying to outsell each other with faster and better reqrite, no doubt some of it comes from www.wordai.com and www.spinnerchief.com – the instant rewrsite engines.
In economic terms, the old way of news died when Trump went “consumer-direct” on Twitter and in a worst cast, the collapse of journalism schools (being replaced with software) is all that remains.
Unless, as our theme suggests this morning, the media can find a new emotional hot button to replace those enumerated above, which are now on the verge of not working.
Good luck with that.
As I said to Howard Hughes during my chat on UK TalkRadio last night, “Here, let me put some ink on some paper and give it to you., Now you, in return, give me everything you own.”
\What kind of idiotic world is that?\
Time to go watch markets bleed… Moron the ‘morrow…