It’s a staged illusion. Have you ever wondered how much YOUR beliefs, emotions and actions are molded by the news reports you see with your own eyes on TV and online newscasts. Take for example the horrible events in Orlando recently where 49 or 50 people were killed and a similar number sent to the hospitals with gun wounds. All of the news networks plastered the airwaves with hours and hours of “on the ground” footage of the scene, the first responders and “well meaning” volunteers evacuating the wounded.
Viewers all over the world spent millions of hours, collectively, watching video clips of on-the-scene action shots. Dialog ranged from the need for more gun control to Isis to Gay Rights, and whatever cause the news agencies wanted to promote. The news networks went into full gear to “whip up” the emotions of the audience for their favorite agendas. Partisan politicians hopped right onboard to spin their messages about the evils of guns or, or the dangers of immigration or even the need to arm yourself against these evils.
In some respect, it is a real tribute to the power of the visual media to control emotions and stimulate action. But was much of it just an illusion?
Live News Illusion
A recent post on The Daily Sheeple touched directly on this whole illusion phenomena in an article titled “TV NEWS ILLUSION: “REPORTER IN THE FIELD ON LOCATION”. It was a thoughtful article and worth a read. In that article the author touched on the Illusion of “on-site” coverage of events like this by pointing out the reality of most on-site coverage. Much of what you see is either staged or edited in a way to make it appear much more relevant and timely than it really is. For example the author gave this scenario of what an honest broadcast would sound like…..
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Getting together with friends, both expats and locals alike, is one of the great joys of living offshore on a Caribbean island. Of course we have enjoyed similar experiences with family and friends throughout the years in our home countries, but there is something especially rewarding when you are the guest in a foreign land.
We find that many of the friendliest local families living in the Cabrera Dominican Republic region share our love of the land and our appreciation for fresh, organic foods that are so readily available in this area. In this short video, we get together with Jose and his family for a pig roast.
Roast Pig Cooking – Ready To Be Served With Fresh Organic Vegetables And Tropical Fruits
Jose is one of the local farmers that we rely on for local knowledge and folklore about sustainable farming and how to get the most out of the land without depleting it. It seems that Jose is growing something delicious and edible on every spare inch of his homestead in the hills overlooking the coastline. For us, every afternoon spent at Jose’s place is another opportunity to build on our growing knowledge about organic farming.
In addition to a great afternoon with friends, the pig roast was one more opportunity to appreciate a lower cost of living……
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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
One of my readers sent me a couple of recent posts by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. Pasted directly from Dr. Roberts site provides a brief Bio along with his many accomplishments.
“Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West, How America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.” [click to continue…]
This is what living in fear creates. Everything you want is on the other side of fear. It’s you who’s holding the key.
It’s been said there are only two primary emotions love and fear and every other emotion we experience is just an offshoot of these two primary emotions. It’s also been said that whatever is love cannot be fear and the same holds true for the opposite. Keep this in mind when continuing further into this post.
It’s rather important to know that the dualities of love vs fear, good vs evil, light vs dark are some of the oldest mythological dichotomies and are still widely used today. Another important point worth considering is the fact that almost everything can be used for good or evil. It’s the wielder that determines the use and the initial outcome. [click to continue…]
Marie and Olivier Headed To Spain
We joined our Canadian / European friends and other expats on the beach to bid a fond farewell to one of our European Expat families as they head out on another of life’s adventures to explore Spain. We will miss them, but we know they will be back several times a year for extended stays which will give us another excuse to party on the beach. This kind of expat gathering on the beach is pretty common here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Most of the world-class beaches are rarely crowded and and we can always find a relatively private spot like this on a moments notice.
One of our favorite activities is barbecuing on an open wood fire pit right on the beach….
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As in most worthwhile rapidly growing endeavors, at DRescapes we also suffer through growing pains when demand exceeds our ability to react. It turns out that immigration services was one of those areas for us. We simply had too much interest to be able to satisfactorily meet the demands of all our readers with one small immigration practice.
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After all was said and done, and after a lot of negotiations, we were able to get a solid commitment from one of the largest and most successful law firms in the DR to work personally with our readers on all their immigration, corporate and real estate legal matters in the Dominican Republic. They’ve also agreed to handle our immigration renewals so now everyone has more choices. We heard your calling and we responded. [click to continue…]