Echo Chambers – Good Or Bad?

One of the most common criticisms of those who discuss and argue politics is that the other person just hangs around their own particular echo chamber, eschewing information from other sources. Therefore, their arguments are wrong.

Here is the Wikipedia definition of an political echo chamber.

In news media, echo chamber is a metaphorical description of a situation in which beliefs are amplified or reinforced by communication and repetition inside a closed system. By visiting an “echo chamber”, people are able to seek out information which reinforces their existing views.
 
Most people consider echo chambers to be a bad thing. After wallowing in my echo chamber for years and years, I believe that echo chambers are good things, and that everybody has their own version whether they admit it or not.
 
The assumption is that people will tune into a limited set of news sources, and their thoughts and actions will be influenced by what they hear. This idea appeals to Marxists, and uses the “stupid people” hypothesis. People are smart enough to know who they are and what they think before choosing a news environment.
 
People start hanging around echo chambers because they find places where they hear things they like. The chamber does not frame people’s opinion, but the people frame the chamber’s content. Individuals define and influence group dynamics.
 
In defense of a diversity of news and opinion I and others monitor different news and opinion sources just to see what’s going on. I don’t believe many opinions have been changed by the daily screed broadcast on CNN or any of the NBC blocks. I don’t see a lot of news on those networks, but just a constant meme of unsubstantiated speculation.
 
Fox News is part of my echo chamber, but I detest the style of contentious guests and passive moderators on the network. All I want is the current news without adornment of meaningless and awkward comments of anchors like Shepard Smith, or the continuous prattle of Shawn Hannity. 
 
I can do without the opinion programs altogether. I am better equipped to analyze the news than the average news anchor. A lot of people feel that way and have more to offer their echo chambers than they get.
 
How about you?
 

Only Fools Believe In Science

scientist
Scientist

Science does not exist as an object in the physical world. In other words you cannot pick up a piece of science and play with it. You can’t go to a store and buy a pound of science. You can’t eat that stuff, either.

Science is a group of IDEAS! Ideas are not physical, even though they can be contained in a book. Science is a metaphysical tool we use to describe the physical world. These ideas are used to fashion experiments, and collect the resulting data with a validated or invalidated hypothesis being noted. A creature called science was never born. We wind up with just an idea and hopefully some new information on how the world works.

Based on the non-physical description of science, it goes further that since the origination of the scientific method (system of ideas), the knowledge resulting from scientific experimentation CHANGES on a regular basis. That which we thought was true will many times abruptly change.

We don’t bleed people anymore in barber shops. We know that ulcers are usually caused by bacteria, not diet. Who knows how good or bad coffee is for ones health (so many studies). The list of scientific failures is very long, and gets longer everyday.

We now know that many if not most of scientific studies in medicine are either false, or not meaningful.  Check this : Dr John Ioannidis.

So, why do people rely so much on “science” when the results are likely to change? My opinion is that scientists have become so proficient in promulgating their stories to get grant money that they are automatically believed. Follow the money.

Many people say they believe in science, and not God. Are you glad you worship something that is likely to change? 

Where Have You Been?

Where were you on April 4, 1968? What were you doing to keep Dr King alive? Did you join in the protests and rioting? Are you a racist for not being there to defend him when you were just a scant ten miles away? How do you handle the insanity of a legitimate protest,  masking the outright thuggery of rioting?

We were there, and even though my wife and I were not in immediate danger, the whole town was shut down at night with the threat of certain arrest. I was a broadcast engineer at WMC-TV in Memphis, and had special permission to go to my night-time job keeping the station on the air. It was not uncommon to see gaggles of police and highway patrol cars at motels and restaurants, and even military personnel carriers ripping across the streets of Memphis.

I was glad the police and national guard were there. Was I being racist?

Let’s take this even further. Where were you in the late 1950’s when Memphis City bus drivers were forcing black people to move from in front of the rear bus door, to the very rear of the bus to make way for white people to sit. What if you were that white person, and you didn’t ask for that seat? What if you were that white person, and you were just a junior high student like thousands of other kids that had to ride city buses to school (At that time there were no school buses in the city.)?

I may or may not have been that one person who caused the ejection of a black person from a bus, but I was still there not knowing what to say or do.

Was I a racist because I didn’t immediately throw myself at the bus driver and city police in defense of that black person?

If I were to put you into the same situations in segregationist Jim Crow America in the 1950’s, I don’t believe you would have behaved differently. If you were defending a black kid or adult, it was not unusual to find yourself surrounded by people calling you a n**** lover and being threatened.

My point is this. I know what racism is. The United States is not a racist nation. Protesting this police killing problem by disrespecting our nation makes no sense. The whole thing was started by an NFL quarterback who was bitter about life, and is not the brightest guy around. Even though I respect his reason to protest, I think he was dumb to have chosen his method.

If you want to disagree with me, fine, but bring your facts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Over

Today, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of The United States today, and his first duty was to escort President Barack Obama and his wife,  Michelle, to a helicopter to begin their trip to Palm Springs, California.

It’s over for Barack Obama. No longer will he have the bully pulpit of the Presidency to excoriate those who disagree with him, and no longer will he be able to sign executive orders to force unlegislated laws and regulations on the populace.

However, Barack Obama will not go quietly in the night. His very DNA makes him want to shoot his mouth off about everything, while shaking his finger, figuratively and literally, at those he is addressing. He will have his own pulpit based on the well known advocacy of Obama given by the dominant, liberal press outlets.

The main idea is that the age of Obama as a power is over. It is his fault that Donald Trump was elected, and Obama cannot gripe because he has no legacy. As Britt Hume observed, Barack Obama’s legacy is Donald Trump.

The King is dead. Long live the King.

It’s Not Over

picture of Barack Obama signing legislation
Big O Signs Executive Orders

It’s the day after Christmas and I awoke with a bit of a hang-over, not so much caused by alcoholic beverages of which I did imbibe, but hung-over with the continuing efforts of one Barack H Obama to cement some sort of legacy for his abysmal Presidential administration. Piled on top of executive order after executive order, he has thrown our best ally under the bus, and tried to make drilling for oil on certain federal lands permanently impossible.

Many say that this is strictly ideological, and that Obama is so attuned to the ideals of the environmental crazies that he has to do this. Horse feathers!

It is hubris.

From his very beginnings everything has been all about self. If you listen to his speeches, or addresses at his press conferences, almost every other sentence leads off with a first-person singular pronoun, I. Pretty soon you have to turn-off the TV or vomit.  His dedication to self and legacy is legend.

There is almost a whole month before Donald Trump’s inauguration. What will Snake Obama do to screw things up for the incoming administration, and the nation?

It’s not over.

Trump – Damned Either Way

President Elect Donald Trump
President Elect Donald Trump

We just THOUGHT Donald Trump was living the American Dream.

President Elect Donald Trump may be forced to sell his businesses, or resign the Presidency to avoid daily accusations of conflicts of interest relating to his far-flung, and profitable ventures. Not only will most international issues impinge on his wealth, but almost any domestic issue like business taxes, or real estate law will be viewed as a conflict.

He is damned no matter what direction he takes. For example, having his children run his businesses does not sever his personal relationships with those entities. It is difficult to envision any situation involving Trump and his family that would not have a business component. Everything he does will be an automatic conflict of interest.

In one of the most ironic elections in history a very wealthy man has won the Presidency of The United States. Damned whatever he does, Donald Trump will now take us into history as a victim of his own hard work and genius.

What a country!

 

Islamophobia Is A Good Thing!

Retired Lt General Michael Flynn generated a lot of flak by suggesting that being afraid of Islam is reasonable. The New York Times and other purveyors of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) rigorously objects to this principled position. The NYT is literally going bananas over Flynn’s appointment.

Let’s investigate just what the word Islamophobia means. FEAR! So, why should anyone fear Islam? Muslims (Islamic people) number a large portion of the world’s population, and anything we say about this group carries meaning.

In a nutshell Muslims want us DEAD. This is the ultimate physical issue, and some people deny the truth of this statement. Just read what your terrorist friends have to say about it. They pull no punches in saying that it is their religious duty to kill infidels.

So, why are liberals so sure they won’t get their heads lopped-off their shoulders? Is this one of those fears that is overdone and hyped beyond recognition? Maybe some appreciation of the numbers involved would be meaningful.

Not all Muslims in the world are terrorists they say, but,  almost all present day terrorists in the world are Muslims. Those two statements are equally true. What we have is information that is not conflicting, and support the same thesis. We in the West have a problem with a culture and religion that is tribally-based, and depends on ancient eye-for-eye remedies rather than on anything approaching a civilized conduct.

A Google search on Islamic beheading, or head-chopping, will reveal hundreds of thousands of possible results, and very few of those take a positive view of this popular Muslim activity. Gems from the Huffington Post spring to the fore with titillating themes like, 10 Reasons You Should Not Fear Muslims, an article which starts with the infantile words, “When I was a toddler, I was terrified of ladybugs.” What clarity this gives to life and death issues!

Equating fear-of-death with an irrational fear of Lady Bugs, the author also tries to hide from irrevocable  facts by saying, “All terrorists are Muslims EXCEPT for the gigantic majority who aren’t.” This is a false statement trying to deny that almost ALL current day terrorists in the world are Muslims. No amount of equivocating and FUD can change fact.

When confronted with facts, General Flynn’s statement becomes not only reasonable, but the only statement that can be logically made about Islam in today’s world. It is a healthy thing to respect the purveyors of death and destruction. It is smart to protect one’s nation from threats.

Lt General Flynn is pretty smart, after all.