Free Chat Friday, Week 3

Happy Friday News Viewers and welcome to Free Chat where ideas, solutions, thoughts, jokes, puns form today’s word blizzard — we’ve got weather blizzards too– here in the Holler it’s 20 degrees F so that will be THE topic around town today — oh, and the “wind advisory”– big news — no one knows what that is, so here in the land of possums and meth, the topic will not be politics but will be wind — does an advisory mean there will be wind? Or there has been wind? Or scientists theorize the existence of wind? Or the House of Representatives is peopled with wind bags?

Key questions, hence a couple of quotes below from Hannah Arendt writing about totalitarianism. What’s the connection to wind, you may ask (SMILE)….. ? It’s the political wind advisory that defines our political week — it’s the “advisory” that can mean anything; what turns us totalitarian Is when we don’t discern what is true and what is false, when anything said is judged to probably be a lie anyway and the population can be told an absolute fact on one day and be told that the same fact is fiction the next day. Nothing is true, we have no legs to stand on, we’re tossed this way and that by that propaganda word wind. We’ve been advised, the “wind advisory issued.’

SO now what do we do?

“Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow.” — Hannah Arendt

‘“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.’ — Hannah Arendt

Chat away, ya buncha brainiacs — if anyone can withstand the Winds of Change, it’s this community. You know the rules, now what’s going on in your area?