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Betwixt Scylla and Charybdis

(between a rock and a hard place)

Sorry about the classical allusion. I hate stuff where every other word is some classical character that I don’t know a thing about.

Being correct is important to me—it always has. It’s why I’ve debated issues on the Internet dating back decades before anybody ever heard of Obama. I guess this essay starts with a question that interviewer Bill Simmons asked President Obama recently:

Simmons: Have you ever said, “Give me the JFK-assassination files, I want to read them. Give me all the secret stuff”?

Obama: I gotta tell you, it’s a little disappointing. People always ask me about Roswell and the aliens and UFOs, and it turns out the stuff going on that’s top secret isn’t nearly as exciting as you expect. In this day and age, it’s not as top secret as you’d think.

I don’t believe that there’s a government UFO cover-up conspiracy. Well, I say that I don’t, but I’ve seen the question put differently: Do you believe that some UFO sightings are actually secret government weapons tests? I think that’s likely to be true and I think that I’ve read that it actually is true, for example tests of the B1 bomber.

imageI decry right-wingers with their banksters, Illuminati, Bilderberger, New World Order, UN black helicopter, Jade Heml stuff, but I don’t doubt the existence of financial corruption and collusion, and I see the not-so-hidden hand of the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch1 and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)1 behind the Tea Party and all sorts of anti-consumer legislation in the states. But I really want to be right about that, and not succumb to errors in thinking and the murmurings of my lizard brain.

I mean there really was a conspiracy of tobacco companies to hide the science linking smoking with disease. I’m ready to believe that there is a conspiracy of energy companies to hide the science linking carbon emissions and global warming. I’ve gotten past any illusion that the US Government doesn’t lie and do bad things. Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and other whistle blowers taught us that. (See also: Watergate Scandal,  Iran-Contra Affair, Tuskegee Experiment, etc.) The dilemma is steering the safe middle course between too much trust in authority and rejecting it in its entirety.

I think I better wind up before rambling any more. Nobody’s perfect, and that means me. I will get some things wrong. I need to reset my expectations, get off my high horse and join the rest of humanity.

1One anti-ALEC web site is ALEC Exposed.