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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

When You 'Assume'...

~ All pics today taken by us

There's something about assuming..  We don't know what it is..

Assuming what we're told by our leaders or agencies or the media is always true and factually correct

Assuming an accusations bear more credibility than that of on accused; the assumption that 100 cackling geese are more truthful than one silent gander

Assuming all is well in the economy because of one statistic here and one pie chart there..
Let's take all that hullabaloo over the film 'The Interview', a tasteless, offensive movie that really should never have been green lighted, much less actually made

We all assumed it was the North Koreans who were directly or indirectly responsible for the hack and subsequent email and movie leaks onto the Internet.

The FBI said so last week:   

"As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions."
Well OK then..  Oh..  wait.. what's this?

From Politico.com:

"Researchers from the cyber intelligence company Norse have said their own investigation into the data on the Sony attack doesn’t point to North Korea at all and instead indicates some combination of a disgruntled employee and hackers for piracy groups is at fault."

But.. But..  we all assumed..    And we were told..
And then there's all the accusers coming out of the woodwork like termites or roaches coming after the Coz with one ludicrously similar tall-tale after another while 77yr old man silently sits amid a reputation in tatters

Certainly the accusers must be telling the truth and victims, right?  

Oh but wait.. what is this?

A woman named Judy Huth sued Cosby in November claiming she was raped at the Playboy Mansion back in 1974 when she was 15
How juicy.. you have the image of "Playboy" mixed with her being underage (though why the hell was a 15yr old girl at a Playboy Mansion party?!) and 'Spanish fly'..  It just makes one want to reach for the lynching rope.

Cosby did speak out on Huth calling her a liar and an extortionist, who unsuccessfully tried to sell her story to the tabloids a decade ago and then demanded $250K from him in return for her silence.

And two weeks ago a judge dismissed Huth's suit.

And barely a mention in the papers.
More 'fun' and salacious to assume Cosby was some black breeding bull looking to sexually dominate and assault innocent, vulnerable white women and underage girls who simply wanted an autograph and a photo..

A 77 yr old comedian and innocent man living his life quietly doesn't sell papers

Then there's the assumption that the US had another robust Christmas shopping season because well would you expect most media to report any different?

We were told holiday sales were up 4% vs last year and online sales were strong and everything is super rosy..
First of all, the economy has to really be terrible for holiday sales to decline because of expanding population.   In 2014 alone, the US grew by 5 million inhabitants to 320 million; an increase of over 1.5%

But notice the media never talks about what always happens on Dec 26th.. the Massive amount of returns of merchandise.

The National Retail Federation reports 40%of Americans will return at least one gift this holiday season.

Best Buy Co. estimates that returns, replacements and damaged goods represent about 10% of revenue and for the year cost the electronics retailer $400 million
Yes, they rarely ever mention that aspect..

They want people to always embrace the assumption that all is well and all will continue to be well even if it really isn't.

Its called propaganda.. All governments do it; in wartime and in peace

And when vested interests between politicians, corporations and media are in simpatico,  and the masses possess the intellectual inquisitiveness of a tortoise, then you get a nation of assumers
And what do we always say happens to those to assume?

You make an 'Ass' out of 'U' and..  well, not 'Me'