Clyde Lewis is unsurpassed in his ability to attract listeners to his Ground Zero radio show on KXL . Clyde is a powerful voice in the field of paranormal news and par apolitical commentary Clyde comes from a news and acting background which he uses to entertain and captivate audiences with his audio magic. Ground Zero was created in 1995, was nationally syndicated in 1999 and debuted nationally on KXL. After many years and various formats and radio apearences, Clyde returned to KXL and considers Portland his home.
Clyde has appeared on a Showtime special with magicians Penn & Teller and appeared in The Discovery Channel special Return to the Bermuda Triangle/.Clyde has been published in both UFO Magazine and Unknown Magazine and featured in Rolling Stone magazine. He has also been the model for characters in such books as Safe House by Andrew Vachss, Supernatural Law by Batton Lash, and Alien Invasion by Michael Tresca. Currently, Clyde is working with lawyer and P.I. Galen Cook on the investigation of the latest suspect in the D.B. Cooper case, Wolfgang Gossett, a one-time associate of Clyde's and a new suspect in the mysterious case. Clyde has produced Ground Zero programs online, on the radio and on television, and he has also hosted Ground Zero Lounge, a nightclub show of conspiracy theory and "Forteana" at various nightclubs and lodges in Portland.
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It’s Friday night at Ground Zero and it’s getting colder as the cultural and economic wars are heating up. Are fast food films inspiring an uprising? Maybe the real question is: Should they be? Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis is having ‘The Hunger Pains‘!
When radio talk show hosts and television talk commentators are able to successfully shape the dialogue of the mass consciousness, they are known for their effectiveness in creating a constructive – or in some cases destructive – dialogue.
When a blockbuster book is released that moves the social conversation towards the theme of the book, the author is influential in shaping or even making a dent in the zeitgeist.
Many times on my program I have talked about the influence of Hollywood and that the possibility that what we see on the screen is usually predictive programming meant to approximate a future event or to open the dialogue about things we seldom consider.
It has been eight years since the release of the film ‘V for Vendetta‘. The movie was based on the Alan Moore graphic novel and ever since the Guy Fawkes mask has been worn at protests and is also associated with the group Anonymous.
I am not sure if the intention of the films creator’s was to be effective in creating a political impact, but it can be argued that the masks that are worn at political protests are done so in the spirit of the vigilante known as agent code named “V”, whose defiance of tyranny brought down a fictional dystopian government established in the United Kingdom.
Now, picking up where ‘V for Vendetta’ left off is a series of films based on the ‘Hunger Games‘ novels by Suzanne Collins. So far, there have been two movies that have been released in theaters, all have been box office gold and have remained in the number 1 spot each time they have been shown.
In ‘The Hunger Games‘, Panem (America) is an area divided into districts where democracy and freedom have disappeared and are replaced with a familiar dictatorship that is a high tech surveillance state. This government lead by President Snow uses monitoring, mass-media indoctrination, police oppression and radical division of social classes in order to keep the lower and middle class in line.
The story is timeless, however it seems that the dystopian future Collins created has somehow found a teen audience that identifies with being financial slaves to technological elite that have destroyed the economy. While the conservatives see the film as a mirror into an out-of-control government that mirrors the new world order.
“Millennials” – or the 18 to 34 age groups – are seeing it in a different way. They are claiming that the film is delivering Barack Obama’s message of income inequality.
So while older conservative audiences may see an Orwellian subtext to the films, some say it shows how the downtrodden should rise up against the rich.
In the article “‘Hunger Games’ Delivers Obama’s Message On Income Inequality“, Valerie Richardson notes:
“A cultural tug of war is brewing between conservatives and liberals over the message of “The Hunger Games.”…
(an alliance) launched its “Odds in Our Favor” campaign Nov. 21, the day before the release of the second “Hunger Games” movie starring Jennifer Lawrence. The drive is aimed at pushing what the organization calls the movie’s central theme: income inequality…
The campaign urges supporters to launch volunteer projects that address “the 12 districts of economic inequality,” which include “health-care access, homelessness, voting access, unemployment and food security…
Supporters are asked to go online and post photos of themselves giving the revolution’s three-finger salute. Hundreds of fans, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, have done so, according to the press release.”
As this group has gained momentum, I find it coincidental that in what can be called a “Hunger Games” economy, there has been a planned effort for entry-level fast food workers to walk off of their jobs demanding that they be paid 15 dollars an hour.
This walkout has been met with cheers and jeers from all over the country and yet what is being missed is the message that people are poor. And when they lose hope, they begin to think they have nothing more to lose. So they see this as an act of rebellion against the rich.
By the way, as PopularResistance.com wrote: “McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson received a pay increase of $4.1 million last spring, making his total yearly compensation $13.8 million. McDonald’s increased his pay package in spite of declining sales.”
Regardless of where you sit on the issue of this walk-out, we have to ask: Isn’t this an example of a “revolution” where the charge of rising up to the evils of income inequality involves the demand for minimum wage jobs to have salary increases?
‘The Hunger Games’ films appear to be shaping the attitude of revolution with the younger generation.
I am starting to think that this just might be the beginning of a true revolution – as total strikes are the norm in countries like South America.
When I lived in Argentina, bus and train operators would strike and put the country at a standstill. While in the United States strikes like these are temporary, this could be the start of many other strikes that could bring many things to a standstill.
They were 100 percent effective because of the frequency of the strikes.
Today its fast food workers, tomorrow who else would be bold enough to throw a wrench into the machine to sabotage government run amok?
Activism among fast-food workers is almost certain to continue and is likely to spread to other underpaid workers. Most of the jobs lost during the recession were mid-wage jobs, while most of the new jobs have been lower paying.
In October, 400,000 San Francisco Bay area commuters were affected by the four day BART strike. The reason for the strike was that workers could not afford to live in the bay area with the wages they received. While the strike was effective for the workers, there was talk of outlawing such strikes and punishing the workers by tax increases and a ballot measure to limit pension benefits.
Those that have decided to walk off their entry-level jobs for higher wages may face the possibility of unemployment or other unforeseen consequences from their attempt at revolution.
It is in these cases that the “odds are not in their favor,” as there is always a group that will marginalize and destroy any thought of an organized effort against the powerful.
We can call all of this revolutionary thought “Hunger Pains” since the underclasses are finding it harder to put food on the table at home and are demanding that the rich let go of some of their money in order to maintain a better lifestyle in the United States.
Even though the younger viewers do not seem to want to apply a Orwellian theme to the films, it is evident that the film has borrowed from age-old parables of tyranny and how the young are made to suffer at the hands of the political elite.
If you take a page from ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, you can see that George Orwell outlined how government remains powerful: keep the country at war and always keep the lower class a paycheck away from being hungry.
According to Orwell:
Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance.
This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed.
In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation.
The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.”
Throughout history, the children have always been the sacrificial lambs for political tyranny. Both ‘The Hunger Games’ films demonstrate an obediently poor working class and a shallow rich upper class that sees the young and poor children as resources for entertainment and war. The evil President Snow expects the subjects to obey and follow while unbeknownst to him a girl known as a tribute survived the hunger games, which are games of survival has become a symbol of revolutionary uprising.
She is the hero that against all odds has shown that there can be one person that can make a difference and topple the pyramid of power. There is a great amount of symbolism in the film. Especially in the film’s symbol of a bird called a mockingjay that eventually turns into a phoenix rising against the tyrannical capital of the 12 districts of Panem.
As we have illustrated in many previous shows, we can say that we are living in the times of ‘The Hunger Games’ because we live in times where it appears that we are under complete control of the state. We can also see that, like ‘The Hunger Games’, our society today is preoccupied with fashion, reality TV and sports.
So the government decides to incorporate all of it with its ‘Hunger Games’. They control the game, the information, and the tributes survive only if they are popular and receive “sponsorships” from outside parties.
The familiarity of this trope is seen by our youth today as a call for revolution against the manipulation of the elite, however they couch it in the rhetoric of ‘hope’ and ‘change’ provided by Barack Obama.
It is evident that in this age of digital manipulation of information, the masses can literally be convinced that lies and fantasies are actual truths. However, the spirit of what Obama intended to do may have now been passed to the youth of today and what they are planning is a rebellion. The question is whether or not it is for the right reasons and whether or not they will succeed.
A lot of things began in America after 9/11, but one of the most insidious and undying myths – alongside those other fairy tales about ‘national security’ and ‘military intelligence’ – is the one that keeps coming back at the end of every year. It’s becoming so scary that you’d think it was the end of the world… Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis calls for a cease-fire in ‘World War C: The Myth About The War On Christmas‘!
When I criticize the media for shaping public opinion instead of reporting on it, I guess I don’t make it clear enough that I look at all networks with disdain when they do this. I get fed up with any media network that enables ignorance and stupidity or feigns a certain bias and sensitivity to issues that really aren’t there, but they most certainly want you to think there is an issue.
I have stated over and over again that the media anymore observes or reports a so-called crisis, then awaits a reaction and at times reports that the government has a solution.
As the temperatures drop, Americans find themselves in front of TV a lot more and so they are exposed to hyper-reality from dramas and situation comedies. While much of what we see is mindless entertainment, there is now a trend for networks like CNN and Fox News to go back and rewrite history in order to push hidden agendas.
For CNN, the challenge now is to remind everyone that even though their ratings have dropped they are still relevant because they invented the 24 hour news cycle and for a while they were the only network that brought history into our living rooms and kept us updated on wars, domestic terror, elections and history making stories that many of us remember. The problem is that with the advent of specials like “Crimes of the Century,” CNN starts stepping into History Channel territory which of course forces the History Channel into exploring areas they would not normally go.
The sad thing is that when the holidays arrive, news networks like Fox News decides that the vigilant Christmas Crusaders are worth nudging a bit. The unfortunate thing is that Fox News doesn’t nudge, they give a full on shove and devote their time to something called “The War on Christmas.”
Fox News has single-handedly cornered the market on Christmas doom that it can be speculated that every year Rupert Murdoch and his team, led by Bill O’Reilly, get out the dry erase board and strategize the manner in which they will present the so called liberal plot to put a stake of holly through the heart of Christmas.
You would think that Christians laugh off the prospect as they take their vacations at the end of the year, while their Muslim and Jew counterparts don’t get Chanukah or Ramadan off for religious reasons… But they don’t laugh it off they take it very seriously.
In fact, there is a scary poll that was taken by the Chicago Tribune in 2006 that indicated the 68% of American Christians believe that there is a liberal conspiracy to destroy the Christmas holiday.
The frightening thing is that the very Christians that fear a liberal conspiracy against Christmas probably do not know that the biggest haters of the celebrations of Christmas were the early Christians that came to America.
In Boston, the Puritans outlawed Christmas in 1659. Although the ban was lifted in 1681, it once again fell out of favor in 1689. It wouldn’t even be considered a religious holiday until 1750’s and even then there would be no parties and no mention of the European traditions of the woodland demons and gnomes, especially Krampus, Santa and Belsnickel.
Back then, it was illegal to observe the non-religious Christmas traditions, in the United States and in parts of England.
I always hear arguments about how uptight people fearing the loss of Christmas think that decorated trees represent Christ – all because they are now called Christmas trees. It is also ignorant for people to think that Santa Claus is a representative of Christ or Christianity because he is associated with Christmas. The truth is that both are simply ancient representations of the celebration the Yule and Saturnalia.
Like it or not, the Christmas celebrations are well rooted in pagan ritual and while Christians celebrate the birth of Christ and demand that he is the reason for the season, the truth is that the Christmas festivities we observe now are a result of a country-wide depression after the civil war.
By the early 1800’s, legends brought from Europe of Santa Claus and his protective nature of children and families were emphasized along with the celebration of Christ’s good deeds and events in his life. Alabama was the first state to legalize Christmas in 1836. Boston, Massachusetts legalized Christmas in 1856. It was illegal to recognize Christmas in the state of Oklahoma until a law was passed lifting the ban in 1907, which was 110 years ago.
The traditions of Christmas were very much part of a spiritual movement to remember the humble birth of Jesus. It is also well-known that many of the traditional pagan celebrations center on ghosts, monsters and demons that would show at the year’s darkest times.
As you probably know, the Yuletide celebrations clashed with biblical teachings and it was not a liberal conspiracy against the celebrations – but a pious one.
However, that has not stopped the speculation that there is a plot to stop Christmas and every year it comes – and it goes – and the Fox News network sets aside time to perpetuate a myth that stinks worse than reindeer poop. I believe that the ‘war on Christmas’ reports from Fox are irresponsible journalism and do nothing to promote the beauty and lighthearted nature of the holiday.
I am sure that Fox would not even think of telling the truth about how the contemporary myth about the so-called war on Christmas is well-rooted in Jewish hatred. While the Europeans were dreaming of a ‘White Christmas’ with their various legends of wood demons and elves, Americans like Henry Ford – a notorious anti-Semite – would point out that he believed that the default demons, i.e. the Jews, were plotting against good Christians wanting to enjoy the true reason for the season. Ford declared in 1921 that: “The whole record of the Jewish opposition to Christmas…shows the venom and directness of their attack.”
In the 1950’s, the Communists were responsible for the so-called silencing of carolers and the demonstrations against Christ in the public schools. The ‘godless Communists‘ were somehow succeeding in destroying Christmas and right wing activists were canvassing neighborhoods door-to-door decrying the active Communist plot against the holiday spirit.
In 1959, the newly-formed John Birch Society would issue flyers and pamphlets declaring: “One of the techniques now being applied by the Reds is to weaken the pillar of religion in our country is the drive to take Christ out of Christmas.”
Of course today, Christmas survives every year and every year there seems to be a new offender that wants to destroy it – from illegal immigrants to Wal-Mart. The Fox Network seems to be the only network that wants to perpetuate the myth while ignoring the fact that Christmas will remain intact and that a majority of Christians will be able to observe the day as a legal holiday to either worship Jesus or exchange gifts. When this is outlawed permanently, I would then concede that there is a ’War on Christmas’ and that there is a reason to fight for it.
In the meantime, we can point out that while the war rhetoric is silly, the backlash against the political correctness of what we should and shouldn’t say about Christmas is a valid cancer on the holiday. It becomes annoying when we all know that traditional celebrations have not only pagan roots, but also it is ignorant and selfish for people to ignore or try and marginalize those who see the holiday as a time to remember the birth of their religious teacher and messiah.
All the politically correct tropes that allegedly promote sensitivity most certainly do the opposite which then creates the burgeoning myth of a ‘War on Christmas’.
The idea of using a news network to blow a political correctness ploy out of proportion reminds us of the ugliness of the holiday and the cruelty and insensitivity that can be generated when it is assumed that people are offended by the term “Merry Christmas.”
It is equally offensive when city governments are stupid enough to declare a “Christmas tree” a “holiday tree” when the majority of those participating in Christmas are Christians and the political correctness is just a hollow gesture. If it is such a burden on city governments to have a tree in the public square, then perhaps they should reconsider the whole idea and just stop pretending to be all festive while carrying the condescending chip on their shoulder that they have to “parent” the entire month of December to keep their secular image intact.
It is a sick and twisted joke and city governments should be ashamed of themselves.
The ‘War on Christmas’ is actually a lot like Santa Claus. It is a big, fat hairy myth that is beamed down every year by Fox News. It is as artificial as plastic mistletoe and is as stale and toxic as eggnog that sits out too long at a Christmas party. In this war there are no real weapons of mass destruction, only mass distraction from the various reasons we celebrate this magical time of year.
There’s a new found zeal to eliminate any dialogue about massive manipulation in the so-called “crimes of the century”. It’s vital to control the narrative to get the kids to accept the sanitized version of history. Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis saves a backup copy before ‘History Deletes Itself‘!
Ground Zero 12/6/13 Hour 1It’s Friday night at Ground Zero and it’s getting colder as the cultural and economic wars are heating up. Are fast food films inspiring an uprising? Maybe the real question is: Should they be? Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis is having ‘The Hunger Pains‘!
Ground Zero 12/6/13 Hour 2It’s Friday night at Ground Zero and it’s getting colder as the cultural and economic wars are heating up. Are fast food films inspiring an uprising? Maybe the real question is: Should they be? Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis is having ‘The Hunger Pains‘!
Ground Zero 12/6/13 Hour 3It’s Friday night at Ground Zero and it’s getting colder as the cultural and economic wars are heating up. Are fast food films inspiring an uprising? Maybe the real question is: Should they be? Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis is having ‘The Hunger Pains‘!
Ground Zero 12/6/13 Hour 4It’s Friday night at Ground Zero and it’s getting colder as the cultural and economic wars are heating up. Are fast food films inspiring an uprising? Maybe the real question is: Should they be? Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis is having ‘The Hunger Pains‘!