60 Minutes of Propaganda

I watched 60 minutes (at least some of it) this evening for the first time in years and now I know why I haven’t watched it in years. The first story was about Darfur, a situation that is indeed terrible. After the piece I realized that I knew less about the situation than before I watched. It wasn’t that they opened my mind to the issue so that I saw how ignorant I was, but more that their mangled propaganda filled logic left me confused. Why is this going on? No answer. There was an implication that somehow it is the U.S.’s fault, but I’m not sure exactly how. What is happening? People are getting killed, women are being raped, villages are being destroyed. I knew that. What should the world do about it? The only answer they seem to offer is that we should feel guilty about it, and that is pretty much all that piece did, make me feel guilty. I wish journalists would stick with the who, what, when, where, and how and let me decide for myself. Here is a good question for this political season: should the U.S. send troop to Darfur? Obama? McCain?

The second story was something that I knew a bit more about. It was about “radio waves” and how they can kill cancer. The story, again, was very much propaganda about a “technology” promoter. Curing cancer by killing cancer cells preferentially over normal cells has been a well known technique for many years. Chemo-therapy does just that. So does radiation therapy. What has been missing from these “cancer seeking bullet” techniques is not the bullet part, cells are relatively easy to kill. The hard part is the cancer seeking part, which so far has not, and according to 60 Minutes still has not, been found. I hope that someone does find a cure for cancer, but this story had nothing to do with that.

I remember seeing other stories about this same promoter and his claims that researchers were interested in using his “radio waves” to burn water as a source of unlimited energy. I saw the video on YouTube and laughed when I saw a small flame coming from a test tube full of water being irradiated by his “radio waves”. Accidentally, he also showed the power consumed by his “radio wave” generator: about 2000 Watts. So he was taking 2000 Watts and generating a small amount of hydrogen through hydrolysis and then burning the hydrogen producing perhaps 10W (my estimate). I think it would have been more efficient to just stick a couple of wires into the water, no need for those “radio waves”.

BTW, let me offer my definition of propaganda: if you see or read something and afterwards you feel more than you know, that was propaganda.

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