Misdirection is defined as the act of distracting or drawing someone’s attention away from something. Misdirection determines the success of magicians, pickpockets and all manner of confidence tricks in between.

It is also a major tool of the corporate media and other propagandists. For example, how many of us remembered that Obama was about to show the world his long form birth certificate when Osama bin Laden was allegedly captured and killed? Or after the 2013 U.S. government shutdown began, how many of us remembered they had been hard-selling military intervention in Syria? Or did you already forget? I know it was a long time ago, but if you recall, it was apparently of vital importance. John Kerry was so adamant about it, he almost had a facial expression. We went back to not caring nor paying any attention, and look what is happening in Syria two years on.

Like me, do you wonder if the needless shutdown of the government was actually yet another strategically-timed misdirection? What slipped under our collective radar while we were purposely distracted by what appeared to be more incomprehensible stupidity and ineptitude in Washington D.C.? The shutdown was needless, but was it pointless? Nothing appears to have been gained, but how do we know what may have been lost?

Maybe you aren’t like me. Maybe none of what I have written here makes any sense to you. In that case—hey, did you see that hockey game? Or hear about Kobe Bryant’s possible retirement? Are you keeping up with the Kardashians? And did you hear Will Smith might go into politics? I can’t wait to hear what Bill Maher has to say about all this! Gotta see what everyone is saying on Tumblr tomorrow morning.

I could go on, but I am busy—NCIS: New Orleans is about to start. I’m not sure if I should watch it on my smartphone, my iPad, one of my 72-inch HDTVs or if I should just TiVo it for later. Keep checking my Facebook for status updates, I’ll let you know what I decide via Twitter. Text me!