reply to post by LizardSlicks
The best way to avoid the effects of lies and dross on your television, is to learn enough about reality that you can sift the nonsense from the raw
data, without having the entire thing offered up on a silver platter. For example, when your television news in the UK reports that unemployment is
down by x percent, you should take that with a pinch of salt, because you know that some of those numbers have been messed around with, by changing
people's employment status on spurious grounds. For instance, some folk are in the process of fighting efforts to remove them from disability
benefits, despite them having serious health problems that make it impossible for them to find, and keep work. I am not talking about people who call
alcoholism a disability, but people with genuine mobility issues.
While those cases are re-examined, the numbers look better, until these persons get their benefit reinstated that is. Also, they change the way
people are classified for other reasons, so you know that the numbers you hear are nonsense. Also, you think about how many of those people are on low
hours, and minimum wage, and you find a lie again. The figures alone look good, until you realise that most people are not paid enough to rent or buy
a home, fuel it, feed their families and so on and so forth, without significant government assistance, so the numbers looking good tells you nothing
about the true state of employment, or the true circumstances of the people represented by those percentages.
Similarly, you hear a bunch on the television about terror, and you hear about defence spending, cuts and increases, contracts and completions. What
you rarely hear about, is the fallacy of western foreign policy in general, how a technological revolution which has been held back for years, would
render all the oil wars totally moot.
These are just a couple of examples. What I am saying is that if everything you hear gets placed in your mind verbatim, and treated as truth, then
you will suffer from exposure to the BS, in all its manipulative glory. But if you look at everything through the lens of reason, filtered through
what you know, and what you have experienced, and what you have learned, AND if you have learned enough thus far, then you can be exposed to much, and
affected by only the facts, and what you think they mean. Offering the benefit of doubt to everyone here, there is no reason why any one of us cannot
use our minds to examine what we are told, to compute it, to cogitate upon it, and strike it to see if it rings with truth, or crashes with falsehood.