The Lost Art of Connecting Dots: Part Nine

You know that planet you’ve been crusading so hard to save? Come on. You know. The one that doesn’t need you to save it? Well, it turns out whatever you’re doing isn’t enough and likely never will be enough anyway.

Here’s the thing: When you’re trying to sell an uphill political agenda like climate change — even if you have the left-leaning mainstream media doing your bidding — you have to keep raising the bar. Otherwise, as the gullible start to align with the agenda, the panic starts to wear off. As the panic starts to wear off, one or more of these three things happens:

1. People get harder to control.
2. They start to think they’re doing enough.

3. Worst of all, they start to ask questions about what they were being told to do and why.

Exhibit A — “The Cotton Tote Crisis” — published by, you guessed it, The New York Times (“All the News That’s Fit to Slant”). You’d have thought when plastic bags were being demonized — charged for and then banned altogether — your cotton tote would have gotten you labeled a virtuous planetary citizen or, at the very least, a shameless virtue-signaler. You’d have been wrong on both counts.

Why? According to the Big Apple’s Progressive Bellwether:

It turns out the wholehearted embrace of cotton totes may actually have created a new problem. An organic cotton tote needs to be used 20,000 times to offset its overall impact on production … That equates to daily use for 54 years — for just one bag … And figuring out how to dispose of a tote in an environmentally low-impact way is not nearly as simple as people think.

Think about that. If you’d walked into a grocery store with a cotton tote any time before August 1, 2019, you’d have been hailed as a visionary, a person ahead of your time, a trailblazing, trend-leading, planet-saving hero. If you do that shit today, you’re a careless cretin, a hopeless ignoramus, a thoughtless, self-absorbed, planet-trashing ne’er-do-well. Fie on you! A plague o’ both your houses! You shouldn’t own more than one house in the first place. And if you’re carrying a cotton tote, both of your houses probably have carbon footprints the size of Al Gore’s.

As Tonto might have said, “How you like them apples, Paleface?”

The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks

I’m guessing Queen Gertrude would have said something similar about Michael “Slap Shot” Mann, the shameless guzzler of Al Gore’s Kool-Aid, who predicted we’d all be some impossible combination of barbecued and drowned by now. As much as anything else, Slap Shot reminds us of the axiom, “Never believe anything until it’s officially denied.” He does that by continuing to press a lawsuit for more than nine years, notwithstanding the fact that his initial suit was dismissed with prejudice, a turn of phrase no doubt lost on Slap Shot. If you’re not trying to deny — or to at least avoid or obscure — some major truth, there’s no meaningful reason to persist in a cause so quixotic and self-defeating.

If anything in the preceding paragraph comes as any kind of a surprise to you, it’s likely a result of a simple nine-year oversight by our friends at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, et al. Cut ‘em some slack. If you had to shill for as many politicians and their agendas as they do — and if you had to peddle as many ideological narratives as they do — you wouldn’t have time to broadcast the news, either. Plus, they have a deeply vested interest in making sure we never even see, let alone connect, the dots.

Especially if you believe every word I’ve written here is baloney, watch this video until the end. If it doesn’t make you at least question the prevailing narratives, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, et al. would like to offer you a very handsome salary:


Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brien
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.

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