There's a small coffee shop I go to each morning to work.
When my iPad battery gets low, I plug it in to charge and thus lose my ability to listen to music (integral for blocking out conversations of staff and patrons).
I heard this nonsensical exchange a few minutes ago:
Barista (male): I hear Austin's cases are going down, but they were up recently.
Lady: I think it was the protests around BLM movement that caused the surge.
Barista (male): No, actually, they have proven that the protests didn't cause the spike.
Lady: Oh, really?
Barista: it must be that masks and social distancing are working.
Then I thought about what the patron will probably do from now on: start telling others, "No, actually they have proven that the protests didn't cause a spike in case."
Such is the world of information sharing we live in; a bunch of evolved apes hooting and howling at each other then going on to hoot and howl at others and so on and so forth.
We had one of the largest influenza outbreaks in years during the 2018 Flu season.
You didn't know about it. Nor did I.
But most importantly, the politicians and media didn't use it for political gain, which is why we had no clue it was going on.
The current 2020 bogey virus has a lower death rate. And while hospitals and clinics are OVER-REPORTING numbers like crazy, it STILL HAS a lower death rate and is going lower each day.
But the media and the corporate-controlled puppet politicians suppress this and are instead shifting the narrative to focus on "new cases," while rarely mentioning death rate.
They want you scared. They want you to vote a certain way. They want federal aid money. They want to the destruction on one political party or leader.
If you've never voted in local government, please do so the next chance you get. Vote for ANYONE that wasn't in power during 2020.
What 2020 showed us that has me worried the most about the future of America, and the world is how fast and easy the media can manipulate the masses.
As Hitler said, "If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed."
In a world where anyone to publish anything in real time, 2020 is what you get. In a world where mere exposure gains you followers and thus a bigger platform, you have incentive structures designed to increase the spread of sensationalized information.
One of the worst parts of it all is Big Tech is now censoring left and right. Apparently, these companies know better. Apparently, some 3-letter agency—which is run by fallible humans—knows everything and thus contrary information must be removed for the protection of the people.
What a farce.
The audacity and stupidity of this is unprecedented. An 8th grade understanding of history should show everyone how dangerous and downright evil this actually is, which is exactly why freedom of speech is one of the core tenants America was founded on.
2020 is what you get when humans allow their own dogma and faulty worldview to make decisions that affect millions of people.
"If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." -George Washington