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I told everyone there would be a match up today……..Heh heh, Do you all believe everything you read on Twitter? What’s the wrestling term for that….A mark? While everyone goes and blows up the Box Office today for the opening of The Avengers: Endgame, I’m choosing instead to show my support for multiple topics of importance. Not only does my refusal to spend money on the big Disney machine act as a personal stance against putting all of our corporate eggs in one basket, but it also gives me a moment to show you, through my own version of geekdom, my support for other topics and projects. Enter…. My VUDU wish list of other things I fully intend to spend my money on and you will get a picture of what this post is going to be about.
On April 18th Jason Mamoa put up a video on his Youtube channel to raise awareness for recycling and limiting the pollution caused by plastics. On the level, I tend to be more of a naturalist than an environmentalist. It seems with the type of coverage we get of the topic that no one with sense could even know where to begin. Activists paint a picture of a massive death toll attributed to climate change, while the U.N. tells us that the hole in the ozone layer over the Arctic is slowly repairing itself. Activists follow one branch of scientific belief that says things like climate change will increase the number of deaths from insect born diseases, while other statistics show that since 2000 the number of global malaria infections are down 37% while malaria related deaths are down 62%. Activists will tell us we are one or two generations from certain death due to climate issues that the government needs to step in and do something about. 11,000 years ago we had an era that is called The Ice Age, so while climate change is very obviously real, it is also very clearly a natural process that can lead to massive changes. What it ultimately begs the question of is, how much stock do we give 200 years of scientific development and political power playing in the study of something that has been constantly changing for literally millions of years?
So why am I all poo poo on the “We’re ALL gonna die over the climate change.” argument while supporting Jason Mamoa and his stance. The answer to this is because I believe in the power of arguing visible viewpoints over hypothetical scare tactics. I lived in the state of West Virginia for over 25 years from 1990 until 2015. One of the most historical tragedies to ever hit the state was the Buffalo Creek flood of 1972 in which the collapse of 3 coal slurry dams caused a massive flood that killed 125 people. In the years that I had lived in WV there was another accident involving the mines and that was the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that killed 29 miners after a coal dust explosion caused collapse. The CEO of the company would go on to be sentenced to a year in federal prison when it was found that he had willfully violated mine health and safety standards, cutting costs that had ultimately contributed to that disaster and the death of 29 people.
Had enough yet? Fast forward to January 2014 to the incident known as the West Virginia Water Crisis. On January 9th, 2014 over 7,500 gallons of 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) was leaked into the Elk River a few miles upstream of the West Virginia American Water intake which left over 300,000 residents in 9 counties without potable water for 9 days. The incident also saw 169 people end up getting checked with non-fatal illnesses, 14 of those, bad enough to be hospitalized. The DEP investigation would find that negligence in the storing of the chemicals was the biggest contributing factor. Are we seeing a pattern here? I have seen and experienced firsthand the ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT left behind by big corporations when they want their greater profit over conducting their business in a responsible fashion and while it may not be the death of us in a handful of generations…..Maybe, it has been both fatal and costly to the health of the general population surrounding them when the straw breaks the camel’s back so to speak. These were just a couple examples from one area, that I could personally speak to my knowledge of from being present when they occurred. In short, I am not so quick to dismiss the “tree huggers” when they are RIGHT. Which is also why I believe making the environment a political issue is rather asinine. The moment you take scientific findings and apply this one left and this one right, you ensure that the purpose behind the study loses it’s meaning. All of these findings are meant to be taken in as a whole to help science piece together the puzzle.
A can of soda can be bought for about 50 cents out of a vending machine in a lot of places, and a lot of times, the price is generally dictated by the brand rather than the cost to produce. A plastic bottle of water from a vending machine tends to cost about as much as a bottle of soda, or about a dollar to 1.50 now while it’s true you get more, about 8 ounces more, usually, there is little showing a justification for that price difference. What does price indicate? It indicates just how cheap both forms of packaging are, only one is 100% recyclable, the other is chemical based and is not 100 percent recyclable. Sounds like a practical solution to me and what is even better is that, not only is aluminum better environmentally than plastic, but because it counts as scrap metal, even just bagging your cans and setting them out for scavengers to collect also gives a hand to people who are generally in need of money, so that gives it bonus points in my book. So my take is a simple take from a simple geek…..I stand with Aquaman.
I just wanted to pop on here and give everyone a real quick run down on things coming up in the near future for The Unspoken Ethic as well as an update on future endeavors.
On the list of upcoming topics, I will FINALLY be discussing THE WALL…And no I am not referring to the classic Pink Floyd album, I mean the border wall that has been proposed and is currently being funded for the Southern American border and why I don’t particularly agree with it, while offering a little fantasy alternative idea. I also have lined up a more singular look at the political meanderings of Hollywood elite a I examine one in particular Chris Evans. Beyond that we will be taking a step back from news sources for a bit and start focusing a little on just the basic behavior patterns we see not only out and about, but also a study in online behavior patterns as well.
Okay now for the FUN PART. As you know The Unspoken Ethic is not only about confronting popular view points, it is also about covering things from an uncommon perspective, a sometimes controversial perspective, or simply a new perspective from what you are seeing and hearing from everyone else, or at least a majority out here in the internet world. In the interest of this, if you post a Tweet regarding a news story or behaviors you spot that you find interesting and have your own take on it hash tag it #MyUnspokenEthic and I will save it. Periodically I will post YOUR Unspoken Ethics here on the blog and for the ones that I find really interesting, you may even get your own blog post centered around it.
Now for….what seems to still be a little ways off. I am STILL trying to work out creating video content for this site and for my Youtube channel. Hopefully I am not far off from getting a break that will allow me to start implementing some of my more ambitious plans. I will keep you posted as things develop.
Now first off, if you read Part 1, you’ll notice that in Avi’s video he stated that the interview had actually been filmed, a few months prior to being aired. I did not mention this because I saw no time stamp on the footage from the hidden camera. I say this now to point out that I have no intention of confirming or denying any element by which I can find no real point of reference. That went for his claim that the interview was filmed months prior to, but that will also include what some may try to argue against Avi. This argument is strictly based on what we see in the evidence presented. For instance he has a connection to far right activist Tommy Robins, Facebook had stated that he had urged violence in a post he was warned about as a reason for him getting banned. He denied making such claims, and try as I may to even find some manner of screenshot of the exact post Facebook was referring to in there statement, I could not find any. As such, the notion that Avi is hypocritical in his statement of being against violence through his connection to Tommy Robins is a point that I have yet to find evidence of.
What Avi is most guilty of is a tactic known as fear mongering. He cites the violence of the Muslim religion and the growing numbers of Muslims migrating into Australia. Yet here is a little known fact. There have been 5 terrorist attacks in Australia since 2016 and this term is used loosely as the leading to 3 deaths committed by people who had been inspired by the Islamic state. Another fact and this may surprise you, is that there has only been a single terrorist act committed in New Zealand since 2016 and that was the shooting at the ChristChurch Mosque last month. These numbers come from Esri Story Maps focusing on terrorist attacks.
Indeed for a religion that accounts for 1.8 billion people the world over The majority of the 35,244 fatalities caused by Muslim inspired attacks since 2016 have been against other Muslims and tend to be centralized in the Middle East and Africa. A case can be made for Europe however that number has had a steady decrease over the last 3 years.
Over all the number seems to be going down in general. But for one who claims a willingness to debate and change his arguments if proven wrong. This video displays the very opposite behavior. In fact you might argue that he makes the same type of blanket statements, that many of us argue over the mainstream media making and with the same lack of intent to take much of anything said to the contrary seriously. You can even see his mannerisms and actions in this interview as being of the same type of antagonistic vein as his hidden camera video revealed Jim Jefferies to be.
So here is my argument to BOTH. I don’t know what either of these guys do, but it ISN’T Journalism. It’s undisciplined, unruly, and when it isn’t emotional based leaving doubt as to it’s integrity, it’s cold and calculated, but both operate with the same goal in mind. Not to inform, but to affirm our biases. They are both guilty, of caring less about giving the truth than they are about trying to manipulate how people take it in.
Here we are again dear readers, back in the trenches of the murky world of tactics and the ideology used by the media, both mainstream and independent alike. Today, in honor of this being Wrestlemania weekend and because I’m a geek like that, we have our own triple threat main event lined up for you. We’re going to be covering a situation that is a few weeks old at this point, yet is ongoing. I’m talking about the viral video filmed by way of a hidden camera that made it’s rounds on Youtube that revealed how falsified the aired product of Comedy Central’s “The Jim Jefferies Show” can be.
As stated this will be a 2 part piece with the first part focusing on the initial event that exposed the rather underhanded tactics of the mainstream media show on Comedy Central. I DO feel that this is an important thing to make known as far and wide as possible. That said I spent the weeks following looking into Avi Yemini’s own channel and kept an eye out to see just how he would use his new found, widespread attention. Needless to say I found similarities in the tactics he used, and while they are more overt than chopping up an interview in editing and choosing in order to create a narrative, they are just as manipulative. Part 2 will see me focusing on that end of the situation.
So without further adieu let the opening bell ring.
On Friday March 15th a mosque in New Zealand became the target of a terrorist shooting attack that left a reported 50 people dead and another 50 people injured. As with many such occurrences news of the tragedy spread like wild fire over both mainstream and social media, with some independent media sources in the form of blogs like this and Youtube channels covering the spectacle and many of the arbitrary occurrences that happened in it’s wake…..Whose heard of the Eggboy encounter?
Our story picks up 5 days later when Comedy Central aired an episode of “The Jim Jefferies Show” to deliver it’s own take on the atmosphere surrounding the tragedy and what led to it. Within hours of the segment being uploaded to Youtube, Avi Yemini, the person who was interviewed in that segment uploaded his own response to it in the form of a clip of the interview in progress, taken from a hidden camera. As you will see this clip not only showed that in the process of being edited for television, answers to questions were taken out of context and placed as the answers to other questions, it also showed the host Jim Jefferies in an effort to evoke a reaction or simply to make someone he viewed as a racist to feel more comfortable and let their guard down make some rather disturbing comments and gestures of his own towards people of the Muslim faith. Below are the links to both the original aired segment and the hidden camera exposure video for you to make your own judgement on.
Now you have been given the means to view both and form your own opinion of the state of the mainstream media in modern times. I on the other hand will be holding my view on the entirety of the situation in reserve until after part 2 of this series where I fully intend to let both sides have it from the view point of The Unspoken Ethic. However just focusing on the Mainstream media in this segment I will say this: In the weeks since this event when another high profile news story unveiled the end result of the Mueller Investigation into the U.S. President and those individuals surrounding him in connection to collusion with Russians to effect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election…I witnessed a professional journalist cry on air as they had had to report the findings. When someone has that much emotion invested in the story told rather than the objective process of journalism, it paints a picture, one that to me says they did not get the results they were hoping for. When the primary source of informing the people becomes about what someone wants the people to hear, rather than telling them the facts as they stand, that source loses it’s integrity and the trust of the people when the outcome proves very different than expected. We have seen what results from this in the form of double digit drops in overall viewership percentage after the story broke for CNN, and a dip for MSNBC ratings as well. Below is a direct link to Part 2 of this series.
Media Tactics, The Unspoken Ethic v Mainstream Media v Independent Media Part 2: Avi Yemini