“Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…”
So goes the old nursery rhyme which refers to Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5th, 1605. Well the fifth was four days ago and I for one did not forget!
I recently watched one of my favorite movies, ‘V for Vendetta’. Every time I watch this movie I get all jacked up and want to go march on a government building in a mask or write about some government conspiracy. I don’t have a favorite government building, so I’ll do the latter.
A short summary of the film is that in the near future, a fascist regime controls the government and exerts its power over the people using fear and strong-arm tactics. In the process of winning control of the government, the fascist regime synthesized a viral weapon, used it against the people, and profited handsomely through the sale of a vaccine used to provide immunity against the viral weapon. The hero of the film is clad in a Guy Fawkes mask and the heroine is a tough lady with very short hair who looks just like Natalie Portman.
There were some great one-liners in this film (some of which could be attributed to older literary sources, of course). Here are my two favorites:
“People should not be afraid of their government, government should be afraid of their people.” In these days of fear of terrorism, fear of global warming, fear of pandemic ailments, reduced individual rights and reduced privacy, I think this quote is right-on. People who do bad things should be locked up. Law-abiding citizens should be free and should not live in fear.
We know what living in fear is. And what does it mean to be fearless? The movie alludes to this. To be fearless is to stand up for what you believe in, to speak out about injustice and to point it in the face in the bright of day and call it what it is. To be willing to die for these things is to be fearless.
“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, there is an idea. And ideas are bulletproof!” Ideas are thoughts and wishes made real via language. Words are so very powerful and especially the written word which can be read and uttered outloud for years to come, free of time.
So what does ‘V for Vendetta’ have to do with anything, you might ask?
Daylight saving time recently ended. And I’m not saying that daylight saving time is a conspiracy that uses fear to coerce the masses to give money to a few. I’m merely saying that I think changing most of the clocks in North America by an hour twice a year is completely unnatural and does not save electricity, assist kids in getting to or from school, or benefit (or hinder) farmers or do anything else that daylight saving time was supposed to do (regarding the last item: farmers have really big lights on their equipment and they are savvy and independent enough that they probably don’t modify their schedules with the time changes).
What daylight saving time does for me is this: it throws my sleep schedule all out of whack, it messes up my circadian rhythm, it weakens my immune system, and it depresses me. When I look out the window and it’s dark when the day before it was light at the same time and I feel like I could have used an extra three hours of sleep the night before, well guess what? The day before it was light at this time and I got just the right amount of sleep.
If anything, daylight saving time is a conspiracy perpetrated by the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday industry. Because that is exactly what I need to get over daylight saving time!
Ok, I just reread what I wrote and it sounded like a whole lot of complaining and that’s not the tone I was going for. What I really wanted to say was that it is always at about this time of year that I get sick, which I will blame entirely on daylight saving time.
Which brings me to the conspiracy that I wish to write about.
I believe that anything involving a whole lot of fear and a whole lot of money going into the pockets of very few was likely conspired by those very few who stand to benefit.
It is likely that I currently have the H1N1 swine flu. I’m tired and my sinuses are in mucus-production-overdrive and I feel like playing the blues (I can A-minor pentatonic all night long)!
I have never gotten a flu shot in my life. I don’t believe in them like I don’t believe leprechauns. I will never give my children flu shots. You can and will do whatever you want.
But consider all of the media attention given to H1N1. Harder still might be to try to not consider all of the media attention given to H1N1 — you’d have to turn off your TV, your radio, your internet, and not read your newspaper beginning back in March of this year!
Consider also this article (http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v05n06.shtml), published this month by Dr. Damien Downing in which he mentions that manufacturers will make up to $50 billion this year on flu vaccines alone!
Or consider any of these articles by Bill Sardi covering the H1N1 flu saga/conspiracy:
Bill Sardi reports that in October of 2007, the US Treasury Department in conjunction with the the Department of Homeland Security began pandemic flu preparations. In December of 2007, FEMA began pandemic flu preparations. In 2008, a Boston biotech company warned governments about possible pandemic flu viruses. On March 18, 2009, FEMA began drills to administer vaccines in South Texas prior to the first cases of H1N1 flu in Mexico.
Nicholas Sarkozy, president of France, visited Mexico in mid-March of 2009 to sign a business deal with Felipe Calderon concerning the establishment of a new French vaccine plant in Mexico. At the same time the first cases of H1N1 appeared in Mexico.
As ‘V’ says in ‘V for Vendetta’, “There is no coincidence, only the illusion of coincidence.”
Now I’m not saying that big vaccine companies cooked up a new pandemic flu virus, sold it to the media, who then sold it to the public, who then paid the big vaccine companies billions of dollars.
I’m just saying, hey, fair is fair. All I can do is ask nicely. May I please have my billions of dollars for my pandemic ailment, courtesy of poorly informed citizens whose fear was fanned by the media?
Or instead of that, can we agree to do away with daylight saving time altogether? I would accept keeping daylight saving time year round also.
I will wrap up by sharing what I tell my kids each night before they go to sleep: dream big, be fearless, and use your noggin drill!