News Is Misleading Many
The news media can be deceptive, in general. It has been for a long time and will continue, given its eternal conflict between truth, and beholding to advertisers and government regulations.
They are not thoroughly presenting the protest rallies as they are actually occurring. They are demonizing protesters at worse, or are not revealing how united and caring participants are, at the very least.
Protesters are unlike they are being perceived by the media, The Lobster’s administration, and those who subscribe to their stories, without doing any investigation. For example, I’ve attended over 10 protest rallies in the past two weeks. I shed tears of joy and was inspired every time I saw how warm, passionate, creative, and ingenious the mainly Millennial protesters are.
The same is being done with the coronavirus. I am not implying that COVID19 is not dangerous. It is certainly more dangerous to some, more than others. That says more about those individuals’ health status and lifestyle more than it says about the danger of the virus itself.
But being exposed to the coronavirus is usually not fatal, though.
I was exposed and tested positive for Corona and never experienced any symptoms. I tested again recently, and the antibodies were not found, as if I never had it at all. I am confused about the results and the accuracy of the tests now, but I am not living in fear, as evidenced by my vigorously attending protest rallies. But I am intensifying my health and lifestyle regiments to ensure that my immunity is strong to endure exposure if it happens again.
The fact is coronavirus deaths are rare, even in the United States. As of June 17, 2020, the US population is 330,934,545. As of May 25, 2020, only 2.18 million have been affected, but not necessarily sick. That’s just 0.658% (Less than 1%!) of the population affected. This means that 99.34% of Americans are unaffected by the coronavirus.
Furthermore, less than 100,000 (99,346.55 people) in the US have died from coronavirus. That sounds like a lot of people.
But only 0.30019 % (1/3 of 1 %) Americans die from COVID19!
This means that 99.9% of Americans do not die from coronavirus!
Furthermore, only 0.658 % of Americans are infected with the coronavirus.
This means that 99.34 % of Americans are never affected by the coronavirus.
Why are we freaking the FCUK out?
Here is a should-be compelling summary:
|US Population||Infected||Deaths||% Infected||% of Deaths|
|330,934,545||2,180,000||99,346||0.658 % (less than 1%)||0.30019 % (less than 1%)|
|US Population||Not Infected||Living||Not Infected||
|330,934,545||328,754,498||330,835,152||99.34 %||99.9 %|
Statistics provided by Statista.Com (Johns Hopkins University) & Worldometer.info. The numbers may be off slightly only because the population number is current, and the coronavirus numbers are about 1 month old.
You’d have to have very low regard for your health, faith, and lifestyle if you live in fear when 99.34% of Americans are unaffected by the coronavirus, and 99.9% do not die from Corona.Statistics provided by Statista.Com (Johns Hopkins University) & Worldometer.info. The numbers may be off slightly only because the population number is current, and the coronavirus numbers are about 1 month old.
Are you guilty of doing something wrong to conclude that God would not include you in the good numbers, but in the infected or death numbers? Check yourself, before you wreck yourself.
Wise up folks. Do not let the media pump fear into your veins. They make money on keeping you glued to their slanted reports. Follow a better approach:
- Do your independent research
- Change your lifestyle, change your health
- Walk in the light of faith, just as you have been proclaiming prior to the coronavirus.
Also, attend the protest rallies for yourself to see if they are as they are being presented. You will be pleasantly surprised and may shed tears of joy as I did. Kevy.
It is very dangerous to be connected to the news by the umbilical cord. If you are and take the reports at surface value, you will be deceived.
Many people are, so don’t feel bad. Just change your ways.
Many of my friends are living in fear and anxiety because they are addicted to news. They cannot disconnect from the news. I know this because it constantly plays in the background when we are on the phone. They call me daily anxious to share news about what was broadcasted as if my life depended on receiving the latest headlines. They seem to have pride in being the first to share a news story. I am a bit sick of it.
I understand watching the local news periodically, like once a day for weather and traffic primarily, and for updates on health restrictions. But I don’t’ subscribe to watching it much more. I have not watched the news in its entirety or in most cases at all, for about 2 months.
I am too much a warrior for that. I am an interrogator of information. The news contains too much bullshit that I can’t stomach. It can make me anxious as well if I allow it to. But I don’t let that happen. I ‘pull’ news information, as I desire. It is not ‘pushed’ or fed to me. I am too strong for that.
Besides, I worked for CNN for several years. I did not work in broadcast, but in systems instead. However, I did take organized tours, and self-initiated ones, and found that at CNN House, in London, where I once worked, broadcasted the news to different countries, differently. The top stories, the perspective of the story, the length of the story, those chosen as interviewees, and whether a story was a headline for one audience but not for another was all manipulated to a degree.
I would later learn that CNN or any news network, with the exception of Fox News, was not the only one at fault. Though they are guilty of being beholden to their advertisers, which can influence reports that may adversely affect those advertisers, the federal government (the FCC) has the authority to regulate and censor news reports.
I am not a conspiracy theorist. I am just analytical about life. I don’t believe that all news is not credible. Newscasters have many restrictions on being honest, though, when it may adversely affect their revenues. News is a business. And, doomsday is big business.
Sometimes it just may be due to programming time restrictions that do not allow them to reveal the whole story. But in other instances, it is due to government national security and ‘false news’ restrictions, and their incurring potential fines. The media stays on the safe side, more than bloggers and social media does.
I do receive news, but not daily national broadcast news. I rarely watch the news on television. I get most of my news from the internet. I get most of my news from the more balanced and transparent news networks, but I ‘pull’ my information from the websites of broadcast news because I have total control over what I absorb into my psyche.
I don’t read all stories; I choose which ones I want to read. In some stories, I only read the headlines. I compliment my news intake by going to social media. There I have more control as well because I choose which pages, friends, groups, and sources of information I want to receive. Often I block and unfriend followers, friends, and content this does not resonate with me because it is tainted with misconception and discerption.
This method may not be perfect, but I am not living in fear, I’m not anxious, and I’m not attached to television news like a baby to a mother’s nipple. I am not going around sharing misleading news with others as though I am commissioned by the networks to do so.
My past direct relationship with the news media helps to keep me grounded during the racial protests, pandemic, and Revolution. I suggest that you try filtering the news that you intake in some way, as well.
It is not only a matter of personal choice and political persuasion. It is a matter of mental and physical health too. Stress, anxiety, and worry causes unhelpful chemicals to be released in the brain and the rest of the body. It causes inflammation as well.
As they say, stress can kill you. News media-related stress is easy to cure. Turn off the news! Kevy
The Protests Are Love Fests
I am not sure why, but the media stories present the protests as a bunch of rebellious anarchists marching without a cause, without organization and realistic goals. In the initial reports on protest rallies many peaceful protesters, exercising their constitutional rights were presented as thugs and rebels of Antifa.
They have toned down a bit now since the ‘movement’ is clearly now a Revolution. The police department has toned its tactics down too. In rallies as recent as yesterday and days prior, the police were rarely present.
In the early days, however, they were flexing their military muscle on us. Government officials have changed their tone too. There is rapid police reform, and defunding messages making it through the city, state, and federal legislatures. The protests have led to progress. Even corporations are backing and funding #BLACKLIVESMATTER.
Now the news is explicitly stating that most protesters are peaceful, and just a handful are Antifa-violent. But even changing its story is media a tactic. News broadcasters often paint negative images, and reverse those images, after the damage has already been done, and many have already been brainwashed.
Well, I have participated in over 10 protest rallies as of today. I was never violent, nor were the thousands of people around me. We are very passionate and united. The leaders’ speeches always advocated for peaceful protesting. It was really a beautiful thing.
The Protest was a love fest. There are many wonderful, creative, and ingenious things that the Millennials are doing at the rallies, that go unreported. The efforts that I witnessed and the video recording were so touching that I often cried with tears of joy as I interviewed these young humanitarian civil servants and observed the many services that they provided to attendees.
Here are some. Examples include:
9 Inspiring Things I Observed From Participating In The Revolution
1. Voter Registration
The rallies focused heavily on voting rights and exercising our voting rights in a way I have never seen in my lifetime.
- QR Code to scan City State and Federal Officials, as well as, nonprofit and grassroots organizations.
- Petitioners – There was an abundance of canvassers getting petitions for various ballot initiatives. They were generally from 18 – 25 and knew details about the bills well.
- Due to the uproar new Colorado police reform legislation was quickly submitted, and passed the House already.
- There were long lines of citizens standing in line to participate in City Council and State Legislature public meeting.
- Protest organizers set up meetings with the Police department, governor’s office, and mayor’s office. They are in dialogue throughout the events.
2. Artwork and Paintings
The Millennials are ‘hella’ creative! They created an art gallery on the spot in from of the Colorado State Capital. They encouraged everyone to participate in creating art. Murals, artful graffiti, and chalk drawing surrounded the square.
- Makeshift murals, memorials, and Monuments
- Street painting of BLM in front of the state capital
- Impromptu Art Sculptures
- We the People Sculpture In Water Bottles
- Appreciation for Graffiti As Art
- Impromptu Graffiti Wall Where Everyone Contributed
- Family-Sponsored Multicolor handprint Painting On Blank Canvas
- Artists – Aisha Renee, Visual Goodies Aaron Sutton, Inners Collective, Flower Girl Creative, Hiero Veiga, Jannah Farooque – Vibrant Love Artistry
3. Live Performances
The talent was exceptional. There are planned and unplanned performances. I was excited to see the Brothers of Brass Band perform. Some of the members are from New Orleans. These young men are very talented and brought New Orleans to Denver. The female and male rappers were on point. The high school dances, marchers, and performers made me a proud participate.
- Poems/Spoken Word/Song – Including Bianca Mikahn, Jozer Guerrero, and more
- Rappers – Including Riaga, and more
- Singers – Brothers of Brass Band
- Bands – Including
- Advocate Speech’s
- Rain poncho
- Glow Sticks
- Tear gas, pepper spray repellent
- Wound care – Tampons
5. Food & Drinks
When I attended the rallies I generally stayed for five to ten hours. I had to eat while there. There was a variety of food and snacks. For the most part, everything was healthy. I found that I ate healthier there than I would have normally. The cost of the food and donations came from the pockets of the participants. I spoke to a few of those who provided food, supplies, and services. In every case, I was told that they pay for everything themselves because they wanted to help. On certain days there were corporate sponsors distributing food, hot and cold.
- Water to everyone, everywhere
- Granola, Trail Mix
- Fruit – Bananas, Apples, Oranges
- Root Beer Floats
- Spring Rolls with peanut sauce
- Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches
- Gourmet sandwiches
- Donuts and pastries
- Cold drinks, Energy Drinks, Gatorade, and Coffee
- Little kids with their families passing out cookies, ice cream and popsicles at random
6. Legal Help
The protesters had received legal support from law firms and nonprofits. They assured participants that if necessary, they would bail them out of jail, represent them, and pay parking tickets.
- Lawyers phone were numbers were written on the arm in case wallet or purse was not accessible
- Lawyers who volunteered to represent those arrested passed out contact information
- Legal advocacy organizations represented with information stations, and as speakers
- Nonprofit organizations offered to pay parking tickets
7. Unity and Love
The events really were like picnics back in the 1970s. A friend said it reminded him of the 1960s. Everyone was loving and kind. It seemed that every few minutes some stranger would come over for conversation, share information, and give away something.
- Showing Homeless love by giving them food, supplies and a voice
- Many family and friends sprung-up group efforts
- Impromptu discussions with strangers
- A picnic-like atmosphere where folks just hung around to meet, greet and discuss
- Organizers asking attendees to meet and greet each other on the spot
- Encouraging Blacks and White Allies to speak – Give them a mic – Happened often
- Racial unity with the largest and most vocal participants not being Black
- I made a few friendships for 4 consecutive days under a majestic pine tree
- Everyone was discussing racism constructively
- Gospel music performances
- Group Prayer
- Scripture Reading and Sermons
- Sikh, Hari Krishna, Christian religions represented
- Religious literature handouts
- Organizations registering volunteers
- Organizations enlisting new members
- BLM did not organize all rallies. Several different organizations did, each taking a shift
- Denver public schools and students from grade school to high school participated
- New organizations formed after the protest started
- Denver police marched with protesters
- Hashtag heaven
- Connecting Digitally – Social media follows and likes – New pages and groups
After attending over ten #BLACKLIVESMATTER5280 and related events, I was drained and overwhelmed emotionally. I wanted to prepare this video and blog post but was stunned with intense thoughts about our future.
I concluded that The Future is not mine. The future belongs to the Millennials. They have to live in it. Let them be.
I visualized this video before it was created, but I could not write or edit for two days. It took about 16 hours to create the first draft. I am not good at editing, yet. It was full of mistakes, sloppy editing, audio issues, and glitches.
Today I spent another 6 hours re-editing the video. I guess you could consider this The Remix. I fixed most of the issues and added my own intentional glitches.
I am still learning videography thanks to community media (DCM, DOM, Colleagues, Google & YouTube). Kevy
My challenge for you is to try not to watch national news for as long as you can. …A month or more. And you’re going to see that you’re going to feel a whole lot better.
You’re going to find that friends, people around you, and family will regurgitate the news to you anyway. So you won’t miss out on anything. And as you go to the Internet, you’re going to see the headlines and most of the stuff that’s going on. That will be enough.
But the most important thing is that you’re going to feel better. The news likely affects you negatively. In holistic healing, you have to watch every single thing that you bring, or you consume. Sometimes it’s not the fried food, toxic chemical, drug, not exercising, or other foods that are bad for you. It’s sometimes it’s not that. It’s about absorbing negativity. And that ends up having a physiological impact. Of course, I’m not a doctor, but I’m telling you this from my personal experience.
So I don’t know if it will work for you. It works for me, and my friends who watch the news regularly are going through the blues. I am not. Your belief system may be different. Your body may be different.
But I want you to know that it’s possible that it could work because here I am and it’s working for me. It’s worked for me for several years.
So I challenge you to try to do just that, cut down on the news media substantially. Have discussions with friends, family, and advocacy organizations instead to get more credible information. Do you own independent research. And, I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised at how much calmer you become from not subscribing to the news on a regular repeated basis. – Thank you. Kevy
Not all protests were violent: Downtown L.A. march peaceful on Sunday – Jun 1, 2020 – Los Angeles Times
I must wonder why this level of unity and love for humanity is not being reported? I have never seen love amongst everyone like what I’ve seen at the rallies. For me, I experienced an outpouring of love and support. The closest experience is during the Mardi Gras season in New Orleans,
The rallies finally gave the city of Denver, Colorado, my home city, true character. I am very proud of Denver, Colorado.
The history of Colorado, as with most US states, is very racist and white-privileged. The level of support I witnessed, mainly from White Millennials, should have been the story, not rioting and looting. I am unsure why this was not the headline coming from the news media, but it wasn’t.
This is why I am taking the time to set the record start. I present it straight with video proof, and interviews below. I am doing this to counter the news media’s perspective, but I also am doing it for the sake of those who did not participate and remained at home anxiously worried, and in fear.
The video is for those who are inactive and silent, to show them what happens in the largest protest ever in history. I want to dispel misleading and deceptive news reports, give more props to the Millennials, and touch your heart.
I am hopeful that this post may steal away a few from the White and Black Silence groups. It is my hope that they will join the Revolution. If not, they must be left behind, as has already happened to some friends and acquaintances.
I accept that some of those who are silent may be wary about being exposed to the Coronavirus, and may have a valid reason not to participate in the rallies. But that is no excuse for doing nothing.
Some of my friends have been cut loose because they do not want to engage in discussions on race. I sent them a message yesterday bidding White Silence Friends a farewell for being so silent and inactive. I attached a picture of me in an African print shirt. Nearly each of them responded with comments about the colors in my shirt, but not about the attached message. They don’t know what to say, they’re scared, or something.
On the other hand, the mainstream news has many ‘stuck on stupid’. They regurgitate the daily news to me like a broken record. I ask them to read my blog and other sources of information, but they cannot wean themselves off of getting that daily news hit, so they remain stuck.
Few participate in the rallies at all. The ones that do, do so marginally, symbolically. They will be left behind too if they remain ‘stuck on stupid’.
To my knowledge, none of these groups of these “scary cats” are taking any action outside of the rallies. Even with social distancing and quarantining, there are countless opportunities to get involved via Zoom, Social Media, Workshops, Donations, Petition Sign, and just having meaningful discussions. They do none of these things, while Millennials and my old ass are on the front line. They must be left behind to their own devices.
Revolution 2020 should have a very distinct difference from the movements of the past. Revolution 2020 should focus on the quality of participants, not on quantity. The change will be more obtainable with the smaller, but more passionate and cohesive group, than reaching out to dead weight in an attempt to gain greater numbers.
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