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Here I Go Again, Ruining Things By THINKING, But…

…I am challenging the challenge (the Ice Bucket Challenge, that is).

Activists, for a variety of causes, are going to jail every day, but the corporate media doesn’t report it. They LOVE the story of the Ice Bucket Challenge because it’s the perfect filler on the “news” when they need to spend sixty seconds transitioning from the story of what Kim Kardashian wore to the VMA’s and how to get the perfect summer beach body. Rosa Parks, on the other hand, was referred to by the corporate media as a “simple seamstress” who was “no troublemaker.” She was just “too tired” to give up her seat on the bus. Wrong! Parks was an activist for more than a decade before she refused to give up her seat. She wrote in her autobiography:

“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

So, according to the mainstream media, Rosa Parks changed history by accident because she just happened to be tired. But pouring a bucket of water over one’s head in August? Now THAT is sacrifice!  Don’t focus on the fact that most people who participated in the “challenge” don’t even know what ALS is! Life is, after all, a party, and activism is easy. This is how people USED TO bring attention to a cause, but there was no such thing as social media back then, so what was the point, right?
set youself on fire

By the way, nearly a billion people on this planet don’t have access to safe drinking water. But go ahead. Dump a bucket of water on your head. I’m sure it will help. You can do it right after participating  in the Nathan’s 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. Like Bill Maher once said, “The reason why the rest of the world hates us is because we don’t even know why they hate us.”


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