Fake news is nothing new

In the USSR, regular people looked out to Western Europe in search for news, because they knew the Soviet press was not reliable. In Cuba, people systematically guess what’s happening by reading between lines from the official stories, and filling the blanks with word-of-mouth, Internet news distributed in USB sticks and U.S. radio received in old Soviet transistors. In Mexico, people play with the names of the major newspapers, so “La Jornada” (“The Working Day”) becomes “Mejor Nada” (“Better Nothing”) and “Reforma” (“The Reform”) becomes “Deforma” (“Deforms”)…
Now, in the US, people are learning fast how to deal with a media controlled by the power elites: the number of people that look for alternative news sources in the Internet is growing exponentially… That’s why these elites want to “regulate” the Internet, using all kind of excuses, from child pornography to intellectual property. In the next few years, expect not only a relentless attack on the Second Amendment, but also on the First.

“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution.”


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Of all the rituals I’ve lost, the one I miss the most is playing a record. Finding it in the shelf, enjoying the cover, getting the vinyl out without fingerprinting it. The awe at the dots in the border of the platter, stopped by the stroboscopic magic; the subtle feeling of pride after expertly placing the needle on the turning record without making a noise…
Bach never sounded as good on CD, let alone on some digital format out of a prosaic computer. Hell, it may not have sounded as good in Saint Thomas..!

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