I don't mean to belittle this tragic assassination, but it does confuse me to why he was killed?<br><br>http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-050602dutch_wr.story<br><br>It's a Dutch, Right Wing, Gay, Anti-muslim immigrant conservative. Was it because he was right wing and gay? Anti-muslim? It's a different culture, but when presented against our's, it's hard to guess who pulled the trigger.<br><br>Weird, huh?<br><br>Do you rhumba? Excellent! Now pick a rhumba and sit down.. GM
What Curry says about the truth being the first victim of reporting is, in my own experience, absolutely true. I know nothing at all about the man who died, nor about Dutch politics. But I've no doubt that what we read and hear is nothing close to accurate.<br><br>And that's true too.--Shakespeare, King Lear
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I doubt I've seen the truth there, either. Shrill, self-serving rhetoric (Oh, yeah, the high price of "fame", eh? Who is this guy?) makes me nervous. As does any talk which involves The Devil in any form, even metaphorically.<br><br>John<br>[color:red]I don't...</font color=red>
It's not just about him or fame, though. Truth is the casualty of mass communications. It's the casualty of that business mentality that teaches managers to manipulate their employees so as to say what they want them to say, or at least so that the managers hear what they want their employees to say, whether or not they actually said it. <br><br>By extension, reporters are taught to "go for the story." The story is whatever they want it to be. They hear just enough facts to support that story, and disregard the rest. That's called "spin," rather than the lying which is closer to reality. "Spin" makes it sound like reporting is like tennis, and a skilled reporter can lob the ball just over the net, or out the back of the court, just brushing the in-bound limit, sailing the ball right past their opponent. The opponent, of course, is the subject of their story, who tries to tell the story as they wish, but the reporter is the John McEnroe of this game... he's got the spin; he gets the story he wants. 30/Love... WHAP! Another great spin, another set. <br><br>Truth doesn't exist anymore. It's not in print. It's not on our media. You may tell the truth, but later you'll hear what you said, repeated by your employer, and you won't recognize the words; you said something entirely different! "But...but... but... I didn't SAY that!"<br><br>The employer looks at you with pity and crocodile tears, and suggests you get counselling for your denial. "Your perception of what you said may not be the same as other people's perception of what you said," he/she says. "You really seem to have communication problems. There are some books you could read, doctors you could see, trainers who could help you communicate." 15/Love<br><br>"But I don't NEED help communicating! You heard me wrong!" you say. <br><br>"Oh, you're saying that you have difficulty making your point? Being clear?" counters your employer. 30/Love<br><br>"No, I'm saying you're lying to me to manipulate me into agreeing to work more hours for less pay and do things that I find morally reprehensible." Ouch... 30/15<br><br>"Issues! I hear issues here! Perhaps you need to take an unpaid sabbatical to get your thoughts together, get your stress worked out, get your issues taken care of." Game! Your employer takes the set. <br><br>"Good game, but we play with our balls on our court with our referees... you didn't really think you could win, did you? You haven't even read our management training books which teach the art of verbal chess." <br><br>Truth is not out there. Truth is an ideal like "honesty, universal good, God, perfection." The idea of Truth exists as a foil to counter certain moves in the game of verbal chess. Whatever actually happened ceases to have happened if enough people believe otherwise, or if the chief liar is your boss. <br><br>Does any of this apply to the assassination in question? I have no idea.<br><br>Shooshie<br><br>-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-<br><br>Shooshie's Stuff
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