How Can We Celebrate Our Independence When Most Americans Are Willingly Enslaved To The Matrix?

Did you know that the average U.S. adult consumes 10 hours and 39 minutes of media a day?  Nielsen has just released brand new numbers on the media consumption patterns of Americans, and they are absolutely staggering.  According to Nielsen, the amount of media that we consume per day has increased by an hour just since the first quarter of 2015.  This is the time of the year when we celebrate our independence, but how in the world can we ever be truly independent when most of us are willingly plugging ourselves into “the Matrix” for more than 10 hours a day?  If you feed anything into your mind for hours every day, it is going to change the way that you think, the way that you feel about things, and the way that you view the world.  This endless barrage of “news” and “entertainment” has fundamentally altered the […] Read More

More than 1 in 4 Americans now believe the government is the enemy of the people.

A startling new study reveals that more than 1 in 4 Americans now believes that the government is the enemy of its very citizens. The Pew Research Center concluded that 27 percent of all registered voters describe the U.S. government as the “enemy” of the people. That percentage is thought to be lower than the overall average, as many non-voters are assumed to have an extremely negative or despondent view of the government as well. This is up 8 points since the same survey was done in 1996. This poll specifically looked at general public opinion regarding the federal government and its relationship to U.S. citizens. But it isn’t just those 27% who the government should be worried about. A full 57% of voters say they feel frustrated with the government, with another 22% feel angry and only 18% feeling “basically content.” That means 82% of U.S. citizens is […] Read More

What the Numbers Don’t Tell Us: Religion Is a Lived, Shifting Experience

A new survey doesn’t tell us why that’s occurring, only that it is occurring, and that it is unstoppable. Having spent most of the last two years in conversation with Nones, seekers, doubters, and those who feel culturally bound to a religious tradition even while they don’t participate in one, the latest Pew survey results come as no surprise. It’s been clear for years that Mainline Protestant Christianity in America is on the decline. That Catholicism also is in precipitous decline—and the news that the religiously unaffiliated now outnumber Catholics—is perhaps only surprising to those who haven’t attended a Catholic church recently. Today, 13 percent of American adults are former Catholics. For every person who joins the Catholic church, six Catholics leave. “No other group,” according to Pew, “has such a lopsided ratio of losses to gains.” When it comes to the topic of religious switching and the decline […] Read More

10 Reasons Why the Tea Party is So Unpopular

One-quarter of Republicans don’t think like them, Pew finds. Now that the federal government has reopened and its debt limit raised, the Tea Party is more unpopular with Americans than ever—including among moderate Republicans—polls are finding, with analysts asking if the Tea Party is part of the GOP at all. “The Tea Party is less popular than ever, with even many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively. Overall, nearly half of the public (49 percent) has an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party, while 30 percent have a favorable opinion,” the Pew Research Center For People And The Press said in its latest poll and report. “For Republicans, the decline is steepest among those who describe themselves as moderate or liberal. Today, only about a quarter (27 percent) of moderate and liberal Republicans have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement, down 19 points from June,” Pew said, […] Read More

2013: 5 Ways the Shutdown Is Killing Republicans Politically

Forget the idea that this is both parties fault, or people aren’t blaming the GOP. These facts show that’s a crock. Many analysts have compared the lopsided blame Republicans took for the 1995-96 government shutdown to today’s debacle and concluded that the public is more evenly split over who’s to blame this time around. Beyond the fact that hemorrhoids are polling better than Congress these days, here are five other data points that suggest the shutdown will have much bigger electoral consequences for the Republican Party: 1. Republican support lags across multiple voting groups. Though negatives are soaring for both Republicans (70 percent) and Democrats (61 percent), according to the latest ABC/Washington Post poll, the GOP is alienating a wider swath of voters. When comparing the Oct. 7 and Sept. 30 ABC polls, the 7-point increase in Congressional Republicans’ negatives is fueled by higher disapproval among almost every group: Republicans (up 7 points), Democrats (up 9 points), Independents (up […] Read More

2009: The Ongoing Cover Up of the Truth Behind the Financial Crisis May Lead to Another Crash

by Washington’s Blog Global Research, October 15, 2009 Washington’s Blog William K. Black – professor of economics and the senior regulator during the S & L crisis – says that that the government’s entire strategy now – as during the S&L crisis – is to cover up how bad things are (“the entire strategy is to keep people from getting the facts”). Indeed, as I have previously documented, 7 out of the 8 giant, money center banks went bankrupt in the 1980’s during the “Latin American Crisis”, and the government’s response was to cover up their insolvency. Black also says: There has been no honest examination of the crisis because it would embarrass C.E.O.s and politicians . . . Instead, the Treasury and the Fed are urging us not to examine the crisis and to believe that all will soon be well. PhD economist Dean Baker made a similar […] Read More