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By JGillman, Section News
~ Reposted from MTTM ~
Let us entertain you.
The Romans did just that.
During some of the worst times and under questionable government , Romans were entertained, given food, and kept subservient through all manner of sociological bribery and extravagance. "panem et circenses", as described by period satirist Decimus Junius Juvenalis, (Juvenal) describing the social distractions as "Bread and Circuses". One could find a number of similarities between the Romans and ourselves as our society engages on its natural path of entropy. Especially considering the mass distractions of Rome and our era, a few of those similarities are certainly clear, and people are still essentially the same.
Titillation and free stuff is a great way for government to avoid being held accountable for its ongoing failings.
Through 'gladiator' sports such as football, NASCAR or boxing, the excitement easily overcomes what might be the boring responsibility of eternal vigilance. Movies that demonstrate very real violent performances of the most graphic kind, to the mildly or more severe pornography certainly satiate a number of other necessary diversions. As a bonus, movies can serve to propagandize watchers in a way not available when the lions tore Christians limb from limb. If we look, many of us might see in ourselves the very same lust for excitement through the actions of others, and the danger or reward they face or receive.
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By JGillman, Section News
One of the payments one must make for the ability to peruse Michigan's top rated political blog is having to put up with an occasional update on my own unapologetic exploits in the hinterland.
Today's story finds the hero (that would be me) again on the front page in opposition to the way things are. A story that targets in some way how my misfit shenanigans are unacceptable to so many people, at the same time will help to shine light through debate and understanding of what goes on behind the scenes in government and the willing accomplices. Power, Greed, (possible) Corruption.
Except Its not even clear that they serve those constituencies any more. Something I wondered about early in my term as commissioner, and watched as a Rotary grant check for the master plan of the county was issued. At the time it was curious to me why they might be interested in such things, but had no objection, as I had no knowledge of why they might do such a thing.
Well, once upon a time, there was the Dam issue. (below)
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