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Facebook Epiphany: There’s a reason they say “Don’t feed the animals” at the Zoo

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It’s been a while in coming, but one night, after reading posts from folks who not only fear half of their fellow citizens, but actually seem to consider them to be traitors - not only to America, but humanity as a whole - I have made the decision not to engage with the “Facebook intellectuals” who get a majority of their “news” from Facebook memes and websites which traffic in fear, paranoia and conspiracy.

It isn’t that I want to just involve myself with those who think and feel as I do - jeez, if you had to spend a day being surrounded by folks whose opinions mirrored yours it wouldn’t even be worth getting out of bed in the morning.

I enjoy sharing views (whether when I interview folks for print, for my show, personal conversation or even debating on Facebook) with those who see the world through different lenses than I do - just not with those whose modus operandi is to mock and belittle those they don’t don’t agree with or understand, or hold in contempt fellow Americans simply because they don’t live in their particular intellectual treehouse.

Because once you start that game, it just goes on forever and ever, until you begin to throw around the same childish insults as those you are “debating.” It is, as it was once said of such exercises, a mug’s game.

Life is short, after all, and I have shit to do.

I won’t be defriending anyone - though that seems to happen to me on a regular basis - but from now on I dimply won’t respond to ignorance, paranoia, fake quotes from the Founding Fathers or ill-disguised bigotry.

There may be some who will say, “Oh, I know who pissed you off,” but they would only be partially right, I suspect. It’s wherever you go on Facebook, part of the mental illness which threatens to drag us all into the abyss.

I’ll still be as addicted to Facebook as anyone else, I suppose, but I am going Cold Turkey on responding to people who insist on fulminating about subjects they know little to nothing about.

Here’s to hoping I can keep my resolution . . .

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Today’s Soundtrack

Rather than listen to a CD, I have been listening to “The Best of the Neon Girls,” which can be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmgnbwi2zYg

Yes, I was the one who taped the concert way, way back in the 20th Century - but hey, they are as inspiring today as they were then. Give them a try; you’ll like them too.

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On the Air with Soldier on Service Dogs

A program with a Fayetteville-based group which matches up service animals with vets who suffer from PTSD can be seen any time at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHs8PNszyqM

"On the Air with Richard S. Drake" celebrates 25 years on the air in 2016.

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Quote of the Day

The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.- Marty Feldman

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