Waking the Proles

Las Vegas: Two Years Later

Two Years After the Tragedy, Questions Still Remain

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October 01, 2019, marks the second anniversary since the Las Vegas tragedy that resulted in the death of 58 concert goers and injuries to over 500 others.

It was a grand-scale mass shooting that was quickly pulled from the news cycle and thrown down the memory hole to make room for more pressing news such as professional football players kneeling during the National Anthem.

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But for those who aren’t as easily lulled to sleep or given over to distraction, many unanswered questions about this mass causality event still remain, including the nagging inconsistencies and contradictions in the official narrative, the changing timelines, the clear audible proof of gunfire coming from two distinct locations quite a distance apart (see here), numerous witnesses describing multiple shooters at the concert (see herehere, and here), and numerous witnesses describing shooters in other casinos like the Bellagio (see here and here), Planet Hollywood (see here and here), the Aria (see here), and Caesar’s Palace (see here).

Today, on the two-year anniversary, I want to reach deep into the abyss of the memory hole to salvage just one of the many news stories that have been purposely forgotten, and dust it off for your consideration.

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Pattison's Perspectives, Television

Amusing ourselves into addiction precedes amusing ourselves to death.

img_1692When Neil Postman set out to pen what would be his magnum opus regarding the medium of television, he had no idea that the internet was on the horizon.

Reading Amusing Ourselves to Death several years ago, I couldn’t help but wonder how Postman would have responded to the trappings of our current technology (including the internet and social media). Surely, if he were alive today, readers would be expecting a sequel to that book.

It’s in this vein that I wanted to share the following five-minute video clip with you about how excessive smartphone usage is transforming our minds. This video is not only timely, eye-opening, and convicting, it is downright troubling. I encourage you take five minutes out of your busy day and watch this video with an open mind.

In addition to the internal brain-altering side effects that the above video illustrates, if you have just 27 more minutes, I challenge you to watch the following terrifying video about the external dangers our smartphones present as we find ourselves living in the Brave New World that our nation’s forefathers tried to prevent.*

* For those people out there, or at least that one person (you know who you are) who is/are incapable of understanding that someone can critique the overuse or misuse of certain tools or technologies without being completely against the existence of said tools or technologies, I request you refrain from erecting any further straw man arguments, namely, claiming that if I criticize a negative effect of a tool/technology, then it must mean I’m completely against that tool/technology.

Did you know, I can oppose guns being used in the commission of a crime, and still support the 2nd Amendment? Did you know, I can be opposed to people driving their cars recklessly, causing death and injury to other motorists, but still believe motor vehicles are a great tool?

And I can do all that while simultaneously carrying my gun and driving my car, and this does not make me a hypocrite.

See how this works?

For everyone else, please watch these sobering videos in the spirit they’re intended, and I pray they will be edifying to you. 

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