Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Odds and Ends

Going to be another slow week here at FutureJacked as I have to travel again for the day job.

Just a note on the tenor of the times. Look at how the following two stories are unfolding. Look at the reactions by the Powers That Be as they reflect current mood and be aware of how the changes in mood are going to affect how similar stories play out once the Bear returns in force.

Item #1, the absurdly transparent takedown of Julian Assange and the efforts to clamp down on Wikileaks:

Interpol issues 'Red Notice' for Wikileaks' Assange
from the BBC
Interpol has issued a "Red Notice" for the founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange.

It said the Australian was wanted for questioning in Sweden over an alleged sex offence, which he has denied...

An Interpol notice on a trumped up charge - but probably effective enough for times like these. Make it a drug or sex crime and you whittle away from knee-jerk support of the human rights crowd. Now, think what this story would be deep in a bear mood, with an angry, polarized power structure in fear of an angrier and more polarized citizenry. The Assange story would probably (will probably?) be one of how he was taken out by a car bomb or a Predator drone.

Item #2, the "economic" take on stories continues to be a staple of newspaper/mainstream media filtering:

Unemployment checks to 2 million to stop by end of month
By Paul Davidson, USA TODAY
About 2 million Americans stand to lose their unemployment checks by the end of the month after Congress failed to extend benefits Tuesday, threatening to crimp consumer spending in a fragile recovery and critical holiday shopping season...

Once the Bear goes rock star on us, USA Today and other newsish outlets aren't going to be leading off with how a benefits cutoff is affecting consumer spending. They'll be talking about the rage in the streets, the evil machinations of "Them" (wealthy, politically connected) to oppress "Us" (poor, downtrodden). "Fragile consumer spending" will be the last thing on peoples minds as they weave the stories that try to reflect the angry mood.

Enjoy this strange twilight era we find ourselves in as best you can. Lot's of heat and volume, but little of the anger is getting translated to action. Yet.

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