5 Stories the Media Ignored

Sunday and cooler weather has returned……enjoyable to sit in the orchard and listen…..but enough about me……

This week the world was shaken to its core…..some celebrity was robbed at gun point and lost $10 million worth of jewelry….jewelry that she bragged about on social media….and for days we heard all about this idiot’s problems…..but just what was it that made this pack of crap more important than other news?

One of the saving graces of the ailing corporate media — for the folks setting the agenda, anyhow — is its relentless ability to hyper-focus the public’s attention on altogether meaningless events.

Take, for instance, an armed robbery that sees property stolen but no one harmed. Such an event is unfortunate, yes, but such is life. People get robbed. It certainly isn’t something that should consume the news cycle — particularly when developments of actual importance are unfolding around the world.

Here’s what they should have been talking about instead.

Source: 5 Stories the Media Ignored While Reporting the Kim Kardashian Robbery

I would add one more…..an American soldier died in Afghanistan because of an IED……and that was NOT important enough to mention…..apparently it was not “newsworthy”……..

How pathetic is that?

Vintage Social Networking

My granddaughter visited and we had a great talk about social media and where it was likely to go.

Then we talked about the “social media” in my day….she found it all so humorous…..it is official…I am OLD!

We have come a long way….but I still use the old school times….my granddaughter did a cartoon of me standing along side a T-Rex….(she did make it clear that there was NO religious content to her ‘toon)……I will get even…..

The Art Of Blogging–Style

My Sunday begins with the weather being high 90’s and muggy….there is so much moisture in the air I feel like I am suffering from “black gill disease”….enough bitching…..let’s see a few observations on this late Summer’s day.

From time to time I offer my humbling reflections on my blogging experience…..I am not the most popular blogger but I have learn a wee bit from my years of writing and posting…..

There are many things that go into a successful blog….but I feel the most important is style….giving your readers something that they may not have access to in their blogging circle.

By style I am not talking about the look of your blog but rather your writing style and/or subject material.  Most of my post are between 350-500 words….I try to keep it short and to the point….my grandfather once told me….”why write a novel when a paragraph will do”…..that was good advice…..at least for me.

Too many bloggers spend all their energy trying to find that magical theme that will force readers to show up….there is no magic theme….instead of paying attention to the people that visit their blog they cannot be bothered…….searching for that magic combo of theme and font…..

Comments…I try to answer each and every comment because I feel if a person took the time to read my post and comment then they deserve an answer.  I try not to ignore anyone that visits my blog….they took the time so at least I can do is return the favor.

You could just regurgitate the ramblings of others that have the same political outlook as yourself or you could look for another hook.  I mean there are millions of blogs (so I am told) and yours needs to be something that people would like to read and consider what you have written.

A one dimensional blog is just flat boring……but for some I guess that is all they have….they cannot go beyond a single issue or situation.  Personally I think that a blog should offer more than one idea…..I try to keep IST up-to-date and I even offer differing opinions and thoughts….I believe that is what a serious blog should do.  A one dimensional blog is too damn predictable.  It may work for a photo blog or one dedicated to poetry…..but is not a blog builder when addressing current events….

I am not saying that a one dimensional blog is wrong….just that I find them tedious and boring……but that is just me.

That does not mean that you will be a complete success for that depends on what you want success to be.  If you are blogging just to see your name up in lights then you are doing it for the wrong reasons.

A blog should be fun and entertaining and educational…..if it becomes a chore then go to Facebook with the rest of the dullards.

Like I said…I am NO expert….these are just my observations from the last 11 years of blogging….it has been a joy and I have met (electronically) some real great people.

That’s it for me today……I need to back away and smile a bit….you guys have a wonderful Sunday and we will be back hard tomorrow…..

YouTube For Morons

My Saturday begins with a visit from my granddaughter….she is into music composition now and wants me to give my view on her latest creation….I have posted some of her stuff awhile back and got good reviews from my regular readers…..I shall post the new one when it has been completed.

During our talk I told her to NEVER put her image on the ‘net…….and to cover her movements with care…..told her to be as invisible as she can be….and to keep in mind that there are a wealth of perverts and idiots lurking out there…..

YouTube is a great place to look for vids on whatever you want……some good, some bad and some just plain moronic…..one of the best was from “In Living Color” when they did a take on the old “Who’s On First”…..very funny!

We had a talk about YouTube…..some of the people that post on YouTube are morons…..these are the people that do something illegal, record it and then post it……or those dumb SOB that record their bullying and post it…….and then I saw this one…….which is perfect illustration for M-O-R-O-N……..

A Las Vegas man is being held on felony terrorist charges after posting a YouTube video of himself holding a sniper rifle and AR-15-type rifle and threatening to kill government officials, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Bryce Cuellar, 24, posted the video July 1. According to KTNV, Cuellar shows off his guns in the video while wearing night-vision goggles and a flak vest. He says he’s upset the government is trying to take away the First and Second amendments and that he’s excited to start killing people soon. In addition to government officials, Cuellar says he—as a Christian warrior—wants to kill “gays, faggots, lesbians, and satanists.” “America is done and America is over,” the Las Vegas Sun quotes Cuellar as saying in the video.

Authorities say Cuellar punched and choked his wife after filming the video, and he was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery that night. On July 2, Interpol let Las Vegas police know about the video. Cuellar allegedly told police he was drunk and angry when he filmed the video but isn’t a murderer. A police detective compares the video to ones made by terrorist organizations, and Cuellar was charged with making terrorist threats Wednesday. He’s being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 1. Authorities say Cuellar’s online footprint over the past three years show him getting more and more aggressive.

Since this douche is a Christian…should we blame all Christians for his stupidity?

But he is white, male and a Christian….then all white male Christians are either stupid or a terrorist, right?

Of course not….that would be just too easy, right?

“Can’t Fix Stupid”…..comes to mind…..

I will be out of pocket today….some friends are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and I will be there to celebrate with them…..

See you guys tomorrow…….

“When Will They Ever Learn?”

For years I have been trying to inform the American people, especially my regular visitors, that whatever news source you use that is nothing more than propaganda….that’s right CNN, NBC, FOX, etc…they all work as a tool of propaganda…..

There is a way to spot propaganda……a few posts that I wrote trying to help people understand the issue……

Source: What Is Propaganda? – In Saner Thought

Or if that one was not to your liking……

Source: Propaganda 2.0 – In Saner Thought

This began in full blown necessity with the Gulf War of 1990…..the government could NOT allow full access to the military as they did during Vietnam….they, the government, had to control the flow of information…..

It is getting worse today……..

Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda

The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

Source: Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media | Technology | The Guardian

Not only are the intel services gathering info on the individual but they are also making sure that we have the “right” mindset……I guess the idea of “thought police” did have its contemporaries….

Is that report propaganda?

Take the IST posts I referenced and check out if it falls into the categories listed….if they do then you can be fairly certain that….It is PROPAGANDA!




10,000 And Counting

(Sound the horns……beat the drums….and let the peasants dance)…….

in Saner Thought has reached a milestone……

This will be my 10,000th post on WordPress….that is about 3.5 million words to paper (so to speak)……no wonder my fingers are getting shorter and more stubby…LOL

I would like to thank my readers for their support and their friendship…..it has made this site a labor of love and education…..and the comments have been poignant and well thought out….I could not have planned this if I had tried.

I basically started this site for a storage vessel to save on my hard drive but after about 6 months I decided that it was time for me to come out of writing retirement and as they say, the rest is history.  Plus I thought it would be a good source for my granddaughter back then to get in touch with me and my thoughts after I crap out.

I can only hope that I have another 10,000 in me and the continued support of my loyal regular readers…..

Onward to bigger and better things……

Thank you….Thank you….Thank you….and much love…..Peace out my friends.

(Now a moment of silent reflection)

The Art Of Blogging: Respect

The weekend begins and this past week has been one of those weeks that makes one talk to themselves(which is not all bad because my grandfather once told me “when you talk to yourself you talk to a better class of people’)……I am helping a friend with his class on terrorism and the convention have been a source of amusement….today I will post on a subject that is near and dear to me….blogging.

I have been doing the blog thing for 10 years this December and I am by NO means an expert……I do offer from time to time the insights that I have found in that time.

A Blog is like all social media….people can be as anonymous as they want and because of that they do not have to look the person in the eye when communicating so they can be as dis-respectful as they like.  Which is sad.

These are the people that enjoy using such devices to insult another person as bleeding heart, apologist, politically correct, etc……in other words these people find others to be below average intelligence basically because they will not agree with the other.

Personally I try to be respectful that is until I cannot take the insulting innuendoes anymore.  I mean I visit many blogs that I do not share their twisted view of the world events but I do try to understand why they think the way they do….that is a very tiring exercise.

My problem is that I cannot understand when someone refuses to acknowledge their limited knowledge and continue to spout the puke-fest of the day.

I can understand people being afraid of the future but to the point of making crap up to make their case is just wrong…..and it is disrespect.

The sad part is that the internet is full of information and yet most people will only search for stuff that makes their case…..they seem to be afraid to look for contrary articles that might crap on their premises….and that will prevent any lasting solutions can be found without both sides of the equation.

I am not some goodie two shoes…I have gotten down and dirty with a few people but I try to keep it respectful…..that is until that last nerve snaps and then my failing comes through….most times I regret what I say but I feel it has to be said.

Blogging for me is enjoyable….I have met some real great people and I have also run across some of the most closed minded people ever…..but all in all the whole experience is very enjoyable…..

Live long And Blog!

Now please go out and enjoy your weekend…..