Here is another post with five Best of Web links I have found deemed worthy to share with you: a must read article about the global mass psychosis going on, an amazing list of all US National Parks rankings, warn you about MLM schemes going online selling you BS and false dreams, an amazing story about a real life Indiana Jones in Indiana and some amazing photography in the COLORS competition.
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The Best of Web posts are much shorter in length with material that is a notch or two above what you see in the regular TBB posts.
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Too many Americans are losing their mind.
Well, having just returned from Greece I would like to point out that this is a global phenomenon!
I do not mean that these are people whose politics are different from mine. I mean that these are people who took off from Spaceport Earth and then ripped up their return visa. It’s bad enough to support a coup against the U.S. government. It’s even worse to do it because you believe (as Powell did) that the CIA director is being held in secret custody in Germany or because you think (as Flynn did) that so many ballots were falsified that the military should impound them. Remember, for a hot minute Flynn was the national security adviser, the guy who wakes up the president if there’s a sign of an incoming nuclear attack. You probably should worry if a person in that position is a member of a whacked-out cult and thinks maybe the government is sneaking vaccines into your salad dressing. Next to Flynn, Curtis LeMay seems like a Zen master.
We’ve become a nation… in which millions of us have embraced a toxic combination of fantasy and stupidity. This is more than just the revival of conspiracy theories, which always lurk just beneath the surface of every society. This is far worse. From “microchips in the vaccines” to QAnon, from Venezuelan voting machines to Russian-hacked voting machines, from faked moon landings to “January 6 was antifa or the FBI or maybe both,” too many of our fellow citizens are adrift, lost, freaked-out, and willing to believe almost anything, especially if it helps to support their preexisting political narratives and tribal loyalties.
Sure, some of this can be written off to ignorance. (When a quarter of us believe the sun revolves around the Earth, that’s just depleted-uranium dumbness.) But there’s a huge difference between being confused about which way the Earth turns and going to Dallas because you think a resurrected John F. Kennedy Jr. is going to lead you to a new era of government by revenant.
This is a social sickness, a chronic and growing problem in a society that is searching for meaning and connection. This search once led us to family or faith or community involvement. But that was before we chose a life of narcissistic, consumer-driven isolation. Even before the pandemic, modern humans spent way too much time inside our own heads, inside our own homes, and away from our fellow citizens.
We’re now a nation of paranoid shut-ins by our own choice, and our tabloid excitement comes in far greater volume from the internet and cable. Lonely, bored, desperate for anything that will make our lives interesting, and convinced that we should all be at the center of great dramas, we feed on trash strewn before us by clever entrepreneurs who can monetize the movement of our eyeballs and the twitch of our mousing hand.
Turning to someone you know and telling them that the Earth is round, that vaccines work, that JFK Jr. is as dead as Julius Caesar—and that you are not willing to argue about it for three hours—is not an act of hostility. It’s an act of civic virtue, of friendship, even of love. And we need to do more of it.
This is a great list of all 63 national parks. I bookmarked it for reference and you should too.
#1 was Olympic National Park. Dead last at #63 is Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis, Missouri.
Amelia Whelan used social media as an accelerant for her sales community. Then things blew up.
Beware of MLM schemes out there! And now of course beware of them online; this article captures the mega BS in this industry selling a “lifestyle” and promises of bigly income streams to gullible unsuspecting readers who fall for this crap.
A client once called me his BS antenna…and I was proud of it!
Maybe, because this video is “your invitation to experience lasting abundance” and “financial freedom” and the opportunity to travel the world, ethically, while eschewing plastic water bottles. Amelia Whelan, founder of the Breakaway Movement, shared it to Facebook on her company’s launch day, in the summer of 2019, when she was 25 years old. “I’ve dedicated the last 12 months of my life to this project, so I know you’ll love it,” she wrote at the time. “I invite you to join me and breakaway …”
Doing so would cost just $33.33 a month, in exchange for access to a private Facebook group, invitations to weekly group calls, an assigned mentor, and dozens of hours of video-course materials about how to create a social-media brand, how to form an LLC, how to maintain a “money mindset,” and, sort of, how to sell $5,000 K8 water-ionizing machines to your friends and followers on commission for a Japanese tech company called Enagic. (Enagic says it does not have a formal relationship with the Breakaway Movement or Whelan, beyond her being an independent distributor for the company.)
And it just goes off from there…I had to stop midway to relieve my neck pain from so much head shaking. When I returned to finish reading the article…the head shaking also returned. I managed to get to the end with my head intact! #winning.
This is one of those rare gems.
A 90-year-old amateur archaeologist who claimed to have detonated the first atomic bomb was also one of the most prolific grave robbers in modern American history.
Lost count how many times I said ‘Wow!”
Enjoy it before I ruin the suspense here…
These are amazing.
Back in the USA…hopefully without Omicron inside me!
And I leave you with this…