Fringe? I was really afraid they were going to string having real Olivia on the alternate earth forever. And that was going to get so weird and so old. We want to see Olivia and Peter together. And it was just too hard to believe that no one would notice that it was a fake Olivia in their midst. If it had gone on any longer, it would have been unbelievable.
So I rate it very high for getting Olivia back to her own reality. And I'm really interested to see what happens next because they're planning to build the machine -- on the other side -- to destroy our universe.
Chuck's so much better this year. Anna Wu is still missed? But it really has gotten better this year. I think it's almost at the level it was the first year.
Okay, this is from Ralph J. Dolan's piece at Dissident Voice:
Finally it must be recognized that lying is an essential ingredient of statecraft in these times. Governments lie in an attempt to uphold their legitimacy in the hearts of the people.
Democratic governments do not exist. Not in this world. Many attempts have been made, many faltering half-measures. All ultimately have failed to live up to the dream. But the people hold the dream of democracy close to their hearts. The people understand that systems of justice are a sham without democracy. Governments lie in order to create the illusion of democracy so that the people are more willing to comply. Governments create an illusion and then act in ways that advance the political and economic interests of a small group.
This is the political and economic reality of these times.
In the eyes of politicians the people are mere clay to be molded to be compliant to whatever governments do. The people do not understand political realities. The people are incapable of understanding what is in their best interests. The people are worn down by the day-to-day burdens of survival. They do not have the time nor the leisure to cast a critical eye upon the behaviors of their governments. This is exactly where governments want the people to be. Overburdened, distracted, desperate, voiceless, disorganized people are more easily led.
And, if you missed it, the attacks on Iraqi Christians continued today. Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"