"All I know is if, in the 8 months I'vd been following US (and by extension, world) politics, if I had a buck (Cdn) for every time I've read a story (in MSM or alt media) where I've just exclaimed 'I don't fucking believe this', I'd be funding a meatspace meating of the GSF on a beach in Bermuda...."* me:
"don - 8 months?!?! and you are already where we are! nice work catchin up!"* rimone:
"what luke said, Don. but i wanna know, was there a specific incident that (excuse the phrasing) brought this on? or just a build-up of all the shite the world has suffered?"* me:
"don - "i wanna know" too. didja wake up one day and think 'this aint right' and start looking closer? or what? can we use you as a model for reaching out to others?"* don:
"Thanks. I'm a quick study and a thorough thinker. It helped that I had a touch of paranoia and skepticism in politics & politicians to begin with. I had questions with 9/11 from the word go, and always felt something was off with the '03 Iraq invasion compared to accounts I'd read of Gulf I, from Schwartzkopf's autobio and other sources. With that foundation, the rest followed logically.i've never been picked up by someone half my age (the the opposite might be true)
Rimone: "what luke said, Don. but i wanna know, was there a specific incident that (excuse the phrasing) brought this on? or just a build-up of all the shite the world has suffered?"
Lukery: don - "i wanna know" too. didja wake up one day and think 'this aint right' and start looking closer? or what? can we use you as a model for reaching out to others?
A handful of things happening at about the same time: getting into Stewart's Daily Show during the '04 Election season; discovering the Canadian political blogosphere; hearing the name Greg Palast for the first time and subsequently immersing myself in his work; and, strangely enough, a cynical yet world-wise young woman about half my age picking me up at a local pub I frequent.
Over several late night conversations, she put me onto Hufschmidt's film and book, which lead to Alex Jones' stuff, and straight through the looking glass. Raw Story & the rest of the blogosphere (left, right and centre) followed shortly after, with a month or so of lurking until I could no longer resist the temptation to participate. Sorting the blog wheat from the shrill chaff took little time; I'm an even-handed thinker and don't respond to demagoguery and LCD appeals. An RS link on the Larisa/Iran interview series led me here.
This is where I feel the most credit for my rapid 'edumacation' lies. The calibre of this site in terms of commentary, information, and its sense of community is unmatched in my experience. For an information sponge like me, it's a treasure trove with the added bonus of people who provide a framework of supplemental information and commentary to tie it all together.
Thanks for the attaboy on my steep learning curve, but everyone give themselves a pat on the back for making it easier to scale. :)
glad that you found us - and yep - everyone here deserves a pat on the back. i'd pat you meself if you werent all so far away. and, yep, the larisa interview was really good. and yep, we really do have a good team on the ground here. y'all are so lovely and clever. funny, too.
i have another coupla interviews in my back pocket. stay tuned.
"An RS link on the Larisa/Iran interview series led me here."I'm not really sure how I got led here. how bout the rest of you? can you remember?