Apparently Anaheim in California is in a state of emergency. We have supposed reports, photo’s and video’s of army in the streets, police brutality and violation of residents. I have found reports on the situation from the Huffington Post and some video footage from the CNN with no actual reporting. But from what I gather it bares a striking resemblance to England last year.
The report’s and video’s have been coming through in dribs and drabs and even my attempt at googling the situation for any official reports on how it has escalated to military presence on the streets of the ‘Land of the Free’ have brought me nothing other than all the information I need on the Anaheim Salvation Army.
This is just a single shining example of how information can be regurgitated, twisted, printed, reprinted and fed to a nation.
To make the point clear this is not a pro or anti cannabis debate, but the debate itself is the launch pad for this post.
We all know that newspapers are the not the most democratic or the least biased in their articles and I guess this claim might very be true. I am no expert. I haven’t studied the topic and I am definitely no scientist. Despite there being potential positive and negative effects of smoking weed, why can safely assume that the claim,’one cannabis joint is as bad as smoking 20 cigarettes,’ is bollocks?
The answer? This tabloid claim was based a statement by the British Lung Foundation.
“It is difficult to ascertain whether or not the inhalation of cannabis causes damage to the lungs and airways independently of the tobacco smoke or not.” This is a far cry from ” a joint a day is as bad as 20 cigarettes”
Some people write off conspiracies without giving them the light of day. Some take an interest and say things like “hmm… bit weird that is.” Others are the ‘crazy-ass conspiracy fruit bars’ we know so well. (They tend to be portrayed as stoner’s, who just happen to be failures at everything else in life, or the a guy who looks like a Willie Nelson who’s let himself go and spouting something about Roswell and anal probes.)
If you fall into any of these categories or occupy a grey area somewhere in between or on the outskirts, there may be one thing most people can agree upon… that is you should probably take some of with a pinch of salt and the rest should be questioned and scrutinised until the truth proceeds. Keep in mind, this tactic should be adopted wherever the source of information, mainstream news or not.
What is interesting however is how more and more often, the ‘crack-pot’ conspiracies are working their way on to more respected and ‘mainstream’ (if you like) channels.
Does this mean there may be more truth to them than previously thought, if such media outlets are picking up on stories they would have once held at arms length for fear of loosing respectability?
If this is the case, then should we be worried, considering the two stories that inspired this post? They concern the loss of basic human rights and freedom that only Orwell’s number 1 fan (fo’eva) would have the balls to speak about these type of acts happening so soon.
Case study number 1:
I had heard about this from various sources but seemed to be hear’say. There is now legitimacy surrounding the bizarre claims.
Why is Anonymous in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Materials?
“… at several points in Call of Duty’s promotional materials, a Guy Fawkes mask appears. Each time it does, it seems to be identified with a hacker “enemy.” The main plot from the game concerns hackers taking control of unmanned weapons in a near-future scenario.”