Tweets Are the Popcorn

Popcorn News: Hillary Feels Refreshed

The “news” is popping like popcorn. A problem faced however is the sheer quantity of new “pops”: from horse-and-buggy newspapers, to radio and then television, the number of “pops” kept increasing. Then in the 1990s, Internet became predominant and there were further “pops” to deal with. The ultimate in the “popcorn news” phenomena came with Twitter and the Tweets. Here, the tweets, was effervescence itself. (Further background: Hillary Skates on Benghazi, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 24, 2015.)

Effervescence is the bubbling of a solution due to the escape of gas. Another of the tweet-bubblings happens inside a popcorn kernel. For popcorn to pop, a small drop of water stored inside a circle of soft starch heats up and the water begins to expand. Around 212 degrees the water turns into steam and changes the starch inside each kernel into a superhot gelatinous goop. The kernel continues to heat to about 347 degrees. The pressure inside the grain will reach 135 pounds per square inch before finally bursting the hull open. [1] The popcorn kernel thereby “tweets” a short “news” dispatch which is then eaten and quickly forgotten.

The acceleration of “pops” (a.k.a. “news”) has led to “future shock.” In 1970, Alvin Toffler defined “future shock” as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies. People’s mental processing gets overwhelmed and for many it shuts down. Toffler described it as people disconnected and suffering from “shattering stress and disorientation” — future shocked. [2]

On October 22, 2015, a marathon “grilling” of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton occurred on Capitol Hill. Subsequent to the “grilling”, Ersjdamoo commented, “If you wanted to carefully analyze what was said, what would happen is another kernel would pop elsewhere and you would be distracted.” [3] No new “pop” having yet occurred since the “grilling”, a slow sifting-through of the variables is proceeding in the shattered psyche of Ersjdamoo.

The defining background of the “grilling” is “Arab Spring.” What happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 is relatively ephemeral compared with the much larger Arab Spring phenomena. Wikipedia gives a “Summary of conflicts by country” for Arab Spring:

  • Tunisia (began December 18, 2010)
  • Algeria (began December 29, 2010)
  • Jordan (began January 14, 2011)
  • Oman (began January 17, 2011)
  • Egypt (began January 25, 2011)
  • Yemen (began January 27, 2011)
  • Djibouti (began January 28, 2011)
  • Somalia (began January 28, 2011)
  • Sudan (began January 30, 2011)
  • Iraq (began February 12, 2011)
  • Bahrain (began February 14, 2011)
  • Libya (began February 17, 2011)
  • Kuwait (began February 19, 2011)
  • Morocco (began February 20, 2011)
  • Mauritania (began February 25, 2011)
  • Lebanon (began February 27, 2011)
  • Saudi Arabia (began March 11, 2011)
  • Syria (began January 26, 2011)
  • Iranian Khuzestan (began April 15, 2011)
  • Borders of Israel (began May 15, 2011)
  • United Arab Emirates (no start date given)
  • Palestinian Authority (began February 10, 2011)

Forgive me for being a “conspiracy theorist” if I detect what must have been some “guiding hand” behind astonishing eruptions happening in 22 separate nations all in the space of one year. Because Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State while 22 separate Arab Spring eruptions took place within about a year’s time, you might think a congressional “grilling” would have gone into some detail about it.

But you would have thought wrong. A narrowly-defined sandbox was given to the congress critters of both parties to play in. “Do not step outside the Benghazi sandbox,” they were told. One naughty congress critter though, Mike Pompeo, did stick his toe briefly outside the sandbox. He “touched on the relationship between the US government and Al Qaeda forces in eastern Libya which is at the heart of the Benghazi affair.” Reportedly, Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens had been “meeting with leaders of the CIA-backed revolt against Gaddafi who were now turning against their American sponsors.” [4]

Oops! The best laid schemes of mice, men, and Hillary Clinton go oft awry. The revolutionaries backed by CIA, acting under orders from the State Department, of which Hillary Clinton was chief, had double-crossed their sponsors! Who could have foreseen such a thing!? The very thought that Al Qaeda forces might not be entirely trustworthy was beyond the ken of Hillary Clinton and the master planners at State Department. Elsewhere, in Syria, other of these forces went out of control and became ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh, or whatever you want to call it. The Arab Spring destabilizations in turn caused terrified people to flee to Europe, and now Europe is having a big headache about what to do with all these refugees. But all these threads are way, way outside of the “national security” sandbox.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “What Makes Popcorn Pop?”, http://www.popcorn.org/ForTeachers/TeachingGuide/WhatMakesPopcornPop/tabid/88/Default.aspx
[2] “Future Shock”, Wikipedia, October 25, 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_Shock
[3] “Big Fuss on Capitol Hill”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 23, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/big-fuss-on-capitol-hill/
[4] “Clinton testifies before House Benghazi committee”, by Patrick Martin. World Socialist Web Site, October 23, 2015. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/23/beng-o23.html

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About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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