April Fool’s Day, Fake News, And The Reality Wars

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April Fool’s Day…now THERE’S a subject. Especially in our current age.

One possible origin of April Fool’s Day, according to Snopes (and we’ll be circling back ’round to this site in a bit), involves the switching from the Julian to Gregorian calendars in 1582.

In the western world under the old system, New Year’s was technically on March 25—but, because of the Holy Week, celebrated on April 1. The story went that those who forgot about the switchover to the Gregorian calendar—which firmly established January 1 as the beginning of the year—and said “Happy New Year!” on April 1 were “fools.”

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The Pro Wrestling Theory Of The World

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“In professional wrestling, kayfabe is the portrayal of staged events within the industry as ‘real’ or ‘true’, specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not of a staged or predetermined nature of any kind. Kayfabe has also evolved to become a code word of sorts for maintaining this ‘reality’ within the direct or indirect presence of the general public.”
–Wikipedia, “Kayfabe”

I listened to a Manly P. Hall lecture recently where he went into why Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism failed in Ancient Rome, and why their contemporary, Christianity, succeeded with the masses. And it all boiled down to professional wrestling, as far as I’m concerned.

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Was Chuck Barris Really A CIA Assassin?

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“My name is Charles Hirsch Barris. I have written pop songs, I have been a television producer. I am responsible for polluting the airwaves with mind-numbing puerile entertainment. In addition, I have murdered thirty-three human beings.”
—Chuck Barris, “Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind”

There’s a lot happening in the world right now, so let’s get the most pressing stuff out of the way and sorted: was the late Gong Show creator/host Chuck Barris really an assassin for the CIA?

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We Need To Pay Attention To What We Let Into Our Head

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So I’ll start this as an update on the media fast I had attempted starting last December. I’ve still been successful avoiding the variety of what I would term manipulative and/or sensationalistic news sources that I used to read regularly. These news sources were across the ideological spectrum: left, right, and “mainstream.”

But part of the reason I’ve found it relatively easy to keep most of these sites out of my regular online diet is because they are often filled with intrusive and/or frankly disgusting ads (of the literal “here is a picture of an ass infected with parasites” variety).

It has not been so easy to avoid Twitter and Facebook trending topics, the former of which I will still definitely check multiple times a day.

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