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Meandering Monday about Perception

Master propagandist Goebbels said:

“A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.” A more insidious version of “perception is reality.”

We’re living in two realities (or PERCEPTIVE CAMPS) right now.

The people who believe the narrative of the Democrats (repeated over and over in their Media) believe that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified and caring person to EVER run for President, she did nothing wrong or illegal with her email server, sold no influence through our State Department, and if they know anything about Benghazi, they don’t think she had anything to do with it. The most important disqualifier for the Presidency is calling someone Miss Piggy twenty years ago.

On the other side are people who believe that Hillary Clinton is the most cynical and corrupt person to EVER run for President, should be in prison for violating the Espionage Act in the handling of National Security sensitive intelligence, and her failure in Benghazi confirms her unfitness for the job.

Both of these views can’t be true. It’s much like the cognitive dissonance on either side of the Black Lives Matter movement, or Global Warming. It can be truly disorienting for people anchored in opposite narratives to try having a discussion; it’s tearing this country apart because we can’t even agree on the facts.

I write fiction – I never try to present what I’m making up as a reality (beyond the pages I’ve created.) We used to rely on the NEWS Media to keep us grounded in REALITY, but many of them have abandoned their traditional responsibility to REPORT FACTS in favor of CREATING FACTS (they’ve all read Orwell, and realize that “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”)

Of course, Goebbels also said

“There will come a day, when all the lies will collapse under their own weight, and truth will again triumph.”

If even a committed propagandist can admit this, there’s hope for reality after all.

Just saying…


collection2coverThis week’s Smashwords coupon is for More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND – my second short story collection, which contains the following:

“Sasqwhat?” –  Sometimes, you don’t know what you’re made of until it’s staring you in the face…

“The View From Up Here” – Talking to yourself can be something quite different when you’re possessed of two minds.

“Inheritance” – When Amun discovers that his family is connected to power, wealth and infamy, he enlists a friend to help him get his share. But does he really want the ancient inheritance that’s coming to him?

“The Human Interface” – Customer support can be Heaven, but most of us remember when it’s like – the other place. Keep your cool; stick to the script and remember, people don’t always have control of themselves.

“Riding the Devil” – With his town running from one strange frontier to another as they elude their abductors, Aaron Walker is forced to risk all to fulfill his destiny.

“Last Call” – Where would you want to be at the end of days?

Use coupon code DP84A to get an additional 67% off the newly reduced cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until October 8th. Here’s the link:


My next release will be “Hard Times”; Release date is October 21st.


killingthemsoftlycoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his latest publication “Killing Them Softly”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):
• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri



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