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Misdirection & Politics

October 13th, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

Short but sweet post for this as you need to do most of the topical reading at the link below:

The Nexus of Politics and Terror (Keith Olbermann)

The gist: “…in the last three years there had been about 13 similar coincidences – a political downturn for the administration, followed by a “terror event” – a change in alert status, an arrest, a warning.

Coincidences are funny things. I for one am of the opinion that coincidences are impossible, as long as the human understanding of quantum mechanics is even close to correct.

Misdirection is an amazing talent. As a youngster I was fascinated by magic tricks, and I’ve met a few people who flat-out blew my mind with some of the misdirection tricks they demonstrated for me.

Magic isn’t the only arena in which misdirection plays a large part. Read through the link above, or if you’d like you can download the video clip of it (quicktime) here.

Observation: Do you know what the best part about using misdirection in politics is? With magic the subject KNOWS that misdirection is involved with what’s about to happen in front of them, but if misdirection is successfully used in politics you’ll never know until after the fact.

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  1. October 13th, 2005 at 17:41 | #1

    Weird… Mom and I were talking on the phone today while I sat in the empty purse shop (business eventually picked up, fortunately), and we were talking politics which is rare for us to do. I explained to her why a lot of my artist and writer friends feel like they’re stuck in a country run by intolerant fear-mongers, and she was warning me against becoming an expatriate. So when I saw your post I was again reminded of the complex problem that the administration poses to folks who disagree with most of the “moral” propaganda used to brainwash citizens. Do we stay and cringe every time the government “represents” us by killing or damning people who are different or unfortunate? Or do we run to another country (if other countries would have us) and lose our rghts as Americans? Do we protest in the US and end up with criminal records? ‘Tis quite a dilemma.

  2. October 14th, 2005 at 10:27 | #2

    I think it’s important to remember that our country is supposed to practise tolerance and understanding. Freedom is worth nothing if we can’t accept that human beings can be fundamentally different from each other.

    I love the United States, but I don’t love the current political power system. I support our troops in Iraq and around the world, but I don’t support why they are there.

    I think a lot of people have lost sight of the fact that you can have both opinions. People have told me “If you don’t support Bush you don’t support our troops.” How in the HELL is that even REMOTELY true? Who ever said that I HAVE TO support a policital cause while supporting the 19-22 year old troops dying every day, for reasons they don’t even understand fully themselves?

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