You can find just about anything on The Internet. I was looking for the right words to describe a state of mind so I clicked on Google, typed in "anxiety dream," and in point 39 seconds Google served up over 58 million entries. I didn't need to look any further than the first one:
"An anxiety dream is an unpleasant dream which is less disturbing than a nightmare. Anxiety dreams are characterized by the feelings of unease, distress, or apprehension in the dreamer upon waking."
That's exactly what I was looking for. Ain't technology grand?
Years ago, if I wanted to get an idea about What's Going On, I could talk to our next door neighbors and the 85-year-old World War II vet who lived across the street. Every weekday, just before 3 pm, I'd be with all the other moms and dads at the front door of my son's elementary school waiting for our kids to get out. Listening and talking to these folks didn't lead me to think I had my finger on the pulse-beat of the nation, but at least I had an idea about What's Going On in my little corner of the world. The information I gathered was firsthand. I didn't primarily get it from television, newspapers, magazines, or websites. I got it from listening to the people who lived in my city, my neighborhood.
Now we live in Canada. I can tell you all I know about The Great White North but I don't know sh*t about what's going on in the US. I can call up a couple of people I know, and get their take on Current Events ... but it's their impression of What's Going On. I don't have any firsthand knowledge about what appears to be a nation-wide descent into full-blown madness.
I know -- I know -- when it comes to covering the news: If It Bleeds, It Leads and all the networks are cashing in on this particularly bloody political train wreck. It's a very simple equation: The more people who watch ... the more networks can charge for advertising.
As CBS Chairman Les Moonves said, "I t may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS ... Man, who would have expected the ride we're all having right now? ... The money's rolling in and this is fun. I've never seen anything like this, and this going to be a very good year for us. Sorry. It's a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going."
When the media pours over Two Billion Dollars into covering Donald Trump, you know they're getting a solid-gold-take-it-to-the-bank-Jack return on that investment. Otherwise they wouldn't continue to do it.
Click around Google and you'll find ...
According to Jonathan Swan, writing for The Hill, the Koch Brothers hate Donald Trump. "They are always very hesitant to get involved in a primary, but I think if they were going to do it, this would be the time because they just hate the guy ..." said a donor who attended the Koch network's winter retreat.
The Koch Brothers hope Trump's campaign tanks so they can avoid spending any of their network's $889 million 2016 cycle budget against him.
The billionaire Koch brothers, Big Tobacco, and wealthy U.S. families and their business interests, spent millions of dollars creating The Tea Party.
Debbie Dooley, "co-founder" of the Tea Party, endorsed Donald Trump in January 2016.