Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-04A: Bogus or real?

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.  I’m on the road, so a short list of comments today.

All of these have a single theme: can we really believe what we hear and read about people, and the actions they are taking? Or are the alternative media just as biased and bogus as the mainstream media?  Consider these few and decide for yourself.

Look, we know that cops are often (not always, I admit) corrupt and use their power for their own personal reasons, and that sometimes we can’t figure out what their reasons are.  I recall more than 45 years ago learning of the corruption and the way sheriff’s deputies in a rural Kansas county picked out victims to harass as a kind of game, and I recall two decades ago how small-city police officers attempted to intimidate ordinary citizens for no reason except anger and a desire to hurt. I don’t know which of these explains why a cop would stop, ticket, and jail a woman who was walking to her house for driving without a driver’s license and driving a vehicle with an expired registration. I don’t know why the judge would not dismiss the charges after being furnished proof that neither charge was substantiated.  But I DO know that this is wrong and evil. If it really happened.  Same thing about another cop who supposedly pushed a guy in a wheelchair off a curb. IF it really happened.

Supposedly a “Christian” mom is alarmed that school bus lights form a “pagan pentagram.” A Tennessee mother wants those red tail lights of local school buses lights removed.  But the school district declined to comment to Channel 5 about the brake lights.  With all the other things to worry about, this woman seems almost a caricature of the “concerned christian mom” and you have to wonder just what is next in this kind of things.  Of course, frequently what we read or hear about seems to be both outlandish and even insane.  Consider the next story.

An ex-Muslim claims to have proof that certain Islamist crazies are operating actual slaughterhouses in which kidnapped “christians” and their children are slaughtered and butchered, their blood drained and sold for various rituals, their organs taken to be transplanted into wealthy Muslims, and other evil actions.  This is similar to an equally-fantastic claim made in July of 2013 that extreme Muslims in some sects are raising children to be used as organ donors, while other of their children are sold to sick perverts to be raped and then possibly killed. It is almost impossible to tell if these claims are true: even with photographic evidence (since CGI and Photoshop are both widespread and do some amazing things.  And frankly one dead body can look very much like another dead body.

Mama’s Note: No way to know for sure about much of this, but I can guarantee you that it is impossible for any “transplant” tissues or organs to be obtained this way. That must be done in exactly the same totally sterile environment as any serious surgery. Tissues derived from a “slaughterhouse” environment would be grossly contaminated and useless for transplant. Wealthy Muslims, like the wealthy everywhere, would not need to resort to this in any case. They can have their pick from much of the third world and obtain what they need in modern hospitals around the globe.

The same thing can be said of claims that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist and letch, or that Prince Andrew of the UK was one of dozens of high-level, elite perverts who engaged in sex with minors on board another elite’s private aircraft.

We are told that America’s best-selling cars and trucks are built on lies: in an article about  The rise of fake engine noise.” “Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble — the same style roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades. It’s a sham. The engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether. And it’s driving car enthusiasts insane.” This isn’t a new idea, I read it in a future science fiction story at least 30 years ago and it had been written years before that.  I guess they figure we are all gullible enough to believe whatever they advertise.  Sigh.

Well, you decide?  What can we believe?  From what sources? From whom?  We must decide so that our decisions are based on truth and not propaganda.

Mama’s Note: Sadly, good decisions and choices have to be based on far more than any media report or celebrity figure. So many people have lost the ability to think critically, independently. They don’t have the background in science, mechanics, life experience to know what they are looking at themselves. This is mostly due to the government “education,” of course.

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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