Silence is upon us. Let us properly call that "selective silence".
Why? With the media frenzy that usually accompanies major events such as the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, one might expect to see some expression of continued in the plight of Japan, but no. The same strange abandonment of other man-made and natural disasters seems to disappear with with the same finesse from the media. Is it too much to ask to be informed? Radiation from Fukushima has already crossed North America, but officialdom, like the media, keeps it hushed. Are we "to glow before we know" what is happening? Is there a "the greater the event, the less we hear" edict hidden somewhere in government files?
Germany is intelligently closing down ALL nuclear plants by 2020. North America is strangely " silent" about it instead, no such plans HERE.
We don't have to wonder why. The invoking of common sense itself would be an earth-shattering event that would have to be silenced.
Does wild game in North America have to become "polluted and unfit for human consumption" with Fukushima radiation like the wild boars ARE ALREADY today in Germany--from 900 miles away, --the Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago--before it becomes a "news story" again?
The Haiti earthquake disaster may as well have occurred a hundred years ago; the "live" victims may be healed, but they still live in tent cities, the city, reduced to rubble is NOT yet rebuilt, the aid "disappearing" into the strangling, secret pockets of the bureaucracy. Has that story, too, been "worn out" by the media, no longer worth contaminating a news page or computer screen?
Strange silence is emerging over the Iraq war, --"winding down", is it? Or is it in fact really just another very expensive military failure that will be glossed over, the new government just as corrupt as Saddam himself, with all the facts hidden from the public?
Never mind that war, we have NEW ones. We line them up, one after the other.
We had Afghanistan to play with, Canada has been fully involved in combat, but NATO says it will be "wound down" in 2014, so now it's Libya. The strange silence is already oozing out of Libya and into the media hard drives, plugging up the works.
Gaddafi still reins. Another military failure which Canadians happened to "get involved in" without hesitation.
Keep the media quiet and move on....is that what happens?
The Gulf Oil disaster story too, is in "limbo". The spill has "gone away" just as magically, according to BP, "dispersed into never-never-land" using millions of gallons of poisonous cancer-causing chemical dispersants that are meant to be applied on small, critically-sensitive 200-gallon spills --NOT to be sprayed or dumped thoughtlessly by fools into an out-of-control crude oil gusher that uncontrolled for months, pouring millions of barrels of crude oil into the environment.
---but apparently it's NO problem, according to the media and officialdom. Shshhhhh.... the public has forgotten all about it, they don't know, and we're not telling them. Supposedly. Another deathly disaster caused by DIRTY OIL a la Exxon Valdez, covered up successfully by the Petroleum Greedy. The seafood in the gulf is unfit to eat, the fish are getting lesions---but no problem, there's no NEWS story.
There are many examples of the "silence" that can be dredged up.
The "Greater the Event, the Less we Hear" ? Does that concept apply to everyday life too? It seems the price of gasoline at $6.25 a gallon is no longer in the news either.
Go figure. Who is paying for that silence? Greedy CEO's getting their big bonuses are not going to tell. That's not a NEWS story, that's OLD news
Is our modern, one-line news-bite attention span that short, or does officialdom and the media believe that "what they don't know can't hurt them?' Maybe it less to do with the media, demographics, the aging population or global warming, --and more to do with the devious ?
The politicos in Ottawa are dredging up the "Quebec separation" red herring yet again courtesy of Jack Layton. How silly. Doesn't anyone know that news story will evaporate into never-never land too, just like the Bloc Quebecois did?
The "governing" deal-makers, power-mongers and political gurus must have persuaded or fooled the media into thinking we are all too busy shopping, deaf AND stupid too. Surprise.....
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.