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Forum Post: The Bar Keeps Sinking Lower

Posted 8 months ago on Aug. 26, 2013, 7:56 p.m. EST by TropicalDepression (-45)
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http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/26/us-uses-past-crimes-to-legalize-future-ones/

After decades of wars of aggression, the population now expects almost nothing less.

After decades of repressive police state, the public doesnt blink at the police building themselves up as military.

After decades of Patriot Act bullshit, the population doesnt blink at cameras on every corner.

After decades of getting bankrupted by healthcare costs, the population doesnt blink at being forced into the system.

After decades and decades of a deteriorating society, the population no longer thinks about how good things could be, but only how to keep them from getting drastically worse.

Only a little worse is now acceptable.

We are in deep shit. Manufactured consent on steroids.

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[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (4024) 8 months ago

The concept of being homeless terrifies the middle class. TPTB have been successful at keeping the middle class 'Broke, Barefoot and Pregnant'.

[-] 0 points by Builder (4202) 8 months ago

Homeless is like poverty. Both are states of mind.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26706) 8 months ago
[-] 2 points by elf3 (2044) 8 months ago

It is called the new normal: do something totally crazy - the public gasps in horror and begins to rebel... then pull back and though it's not quite like it was, it's not as bad as it got (and the rebellion gets stymied) - and thus the bar is lowered to the new level of "normal" for what is acceptable - averting revolution, and achieving manufactured consent.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Kinda like the gasoline price game - big jump up ( people freak ) minor drop in price ( people sigh in relief ) - price is still like twenty cents higher then before but it is not the $ 0.80 more that was the original jump. Now Repeat.

[-] 2 points by elf3 (2044) 8 months ago

exactly - good example

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

It has become a standard business model. Most obvious transfer/incorporation ( yeah - there is that obscene word again - in-corp(se)oRATion ) of use = Utilities.

[-] 2 points by elf3 (2044) 8 months ago

(Standard business and government model) - also the best way not to be obvious is to be totally obvious - do something totally crazy: when the public hears what has happened, they won't believe it. Especially after the corporate media downplays it or ignores it. I get my corporate memo about the gas on the morning news (a memo is devoid of who what when where how and why) it is simply informing you of the changes.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

OH - yeah - I think I know what you mean - kinda like mittens on tv on the campaign trail - look straight into the camera and telling a lie - getting corrected by someone in the crowd - not pausing to blink upon hearing the correction - turns back to the camera and denies he said what he just said - then tries to impune the person that just corrected him - saying don't try to put words in my mouth because I didn't say that ( replay kicks in and shows the whole sequence again ) - asked about this episode later on some news program - he denies the incident even happened - show host plays the whole clip of the incident - and mittens says that never happened and lets get on to something else instead of wasting time over nonsense.

[-] -1 points by TropicalDepression (-45) 8 months ago

And neither one of the pathetic losers would welcome Jill in to debate ideas.

That election ended with the highest position in the land, the presidency, as a battle between a proven war criminal and a tight ass, life destroying billionaire.

And the people actually voted for them!! I mean, holy shit. How fuckin scewed up are WE?