...for following their script so closely and playing your role of being a field of mushrooms so convincingly.
The last 2 weeks have been an amazing exercise in watching the magicians distract the masses. This is stated from the aspect of someone who considers
ATS and our members to be among the more difficult to distract. Fact is, if the political machine in DC and their media puppets have managed to so
fully confound ATS, one can easily imagine how completely distracted the average American is right now.
I am talking about the upcoming Fiscal Cliff. Now, don't get me wrong here, I'm not suggesting the politicians and media are hiding the Fiscal
Cliff. They're not. This is the Vegas magician at his finest, here. They are bluntly telling us "I'm going to turn this glass of water into a
dove", and they aren't even doing their magic tricks behind a curtain or under a cloak. Instead they are gesticulating wildly with their free hand,
getting the entire audience to look that direction, then performing their tricks with the other hand in plain view, confident nobody is paying that
hand any mind.
Look at the some of ATS' more political and economic bent forums. US Political Madness, for example... 90% of the first page is taken up with gun
control bickering. Bickering that is not only inane, but which serves no real purpose to the masses. Yeah, children were killed by a kook... but how
many US children will ultimately suffer if America's politicans ramrod in their plans of astronomical taxes, stripped benefits, and gutted programs?
Take a look at the Social Issues forum with me... Oh goody, more inane babbling about why America's Second Amendment should be stripped. Hey, at
least there are a handfull of outlier threads which aren't revolving around ridiculous Sandy Hook theories, firearm pissing and moaning, or
nonprofessional opinions on the state of mental health in the world... but nary a mention of the Fiscal Cliff. I know, let's take a look at the
Global Meltdown forum... you know, the forum that usually sees a new Gerald Celente predicts Economic Armageddon thread every 2.5 hours during the
best of times, let alone the volume of discussion one would expect to see there right now as we watch a real life megacrisis unfolding before our very
eyes. Uhm... well, aside from the thread camaro68 started less than an hour ago, scarcely anything is going on in GM.
The month of December, possibly even the entire span of October 2012 through the present, has been by far the greatest success the media and political
distraction machine has ever seen. While an honest to goodness disaster is becoming a virtual guaranteed reality we've been focusing on imaginary
doomsday predictions from ancient cultures, gun control arguments over an event which involved a small percentage of a single percent of all gun
owners in the US, and an asinine attempt to turn that same event into some sort of furtive fallacy surrounding the most grasping of theories and
paranoias. They've certainly honed their craft from the olden days of Cold War era Soviet specters being used to distract folks from political
foibles and even more recent history of using the evil shadow of Al Qaida to get the people off the topics of deficits and shrinking Constitutional