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opednews.com Headlined to H4 12/1/12

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Yes it's holiday time, aka The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Or is it?

According to songwriters Eddie Pola, George Wyle, and John Moss, why, yes it is!

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle-belling
And everyone telling you
Be of good cheer
It's the most wonderful time of the year

But wait a minute.

Despite Obama's victory, talk of a potential soft landing pad for the fiscal cliff, and the sounds of non-stop Xmas music, this season seems uncanny in its strife and stress for large numbers of people.

Be they friends sleeping on strange beds, displaced from downtown   Manhattan and the Village, or any number of people suffering the losses of prior prosperity, dimming security, loss of aging parents and distance from real human connection.

Be it the chaos of the world, brought to us via news footage   24/7 that neatly removes the possibility of prescription-free sleep for many at night.

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Yes, I hear all these stories and more.

I know you probably don't want to hear about this.

I don't blame you.

But between the heavy holiday hype and the absence of anyone reporting the truth about how life today is truly felt, I have to question things.

Mainly, I question the corruption and manipulation of news itself.

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Do we need that repetitive loop of violence late at night?  

Yes, we all do have a choice to turn the channel, but the truth is, people are hooked to what is alarming, and can't seem to turn away from it.

This is possibly because pictures of disaster stand in for one's own inner personal turmoil, a subject for another time.

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