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Guy dropped off laptop for me to repair and referenced a commercial on TV

A guy my wife does some typing for needed his laptop looked at because it's running slow, acting strange, etc. He brought it by and dropped it off for me this morning and told me he had considered going to some website that claims to clean up your pc remotely. I asked him what website? He said, "you know, that company that keeps advertising on TV" I laughed and told him he would have to be more specific than that...I've been off TV for over a year. He looked at me kind of strange and said "you never watch TV?" I told him nope, never...and its one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life.

What about sports he asked? Nope, I tried to watch sports shortly after unplugging from the box but even sporting events are seen though a new lens after tuning out for just a few weeks. The players and commentators are exposed as sell outs. They all appear to be Corporate shills, they seem to pledge blind faith to the state through unwavering patroitism, and the whole events look like meaningless distractions.

It's the first year that I have no clue who all the quarterbacks in the NFL are/were and had I not seen the front of a local newspaper in an outdoor rack I wouldn't have known who played in or won the NCAA championship. I used to know who was hurt and how many points were scored in most games. I used to bet with a bookie and all that mess.

I spend most of my time now online, outside, or actually doing stuff. Those of you still in the habit of watching TV should turn it off for a month and see how different the world looks when you are not being told what to think, what to buy, and who you should admire. I was stunned how much influence TV had over me. I honestly never thought the programing was having any effect on me at all. I was SO wrong.

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"If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed. . . .

If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed."
Mark Twain

I haven't watched anything

I haven't watched anything since 2007. and in 07, I was watching discover and history channel. I forget which idiotic reality shows were on back then.

Been seeing a lot of rough

Been seeing a lot of rough viruses and trojans. Had a company who's banking info was stolen and lost lots of money. Was able to get them squared away but insisted on completely formatting both their PC's.

Pull off the (non .exe .zip) data, format, re-install windows, install drivers, windows updates and install Malwarebytes trial, Microsoft security essentials. Give back to customer. Pound the importance of having real-time-protection antivirus/malware into their brain lol.

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I've been back and forth

on and off TV for a while. Kind of like quitting smoking.

Mainly I miss football. It is something I enjoy, still, in spite of the propaganda, etc.

You can still see the purity in some of the players. They are playing because they love the game, they're unabashedly enthusiastic about it. It still is a competition, and the best ones to watch are to see the ones who are in competition with themselves to be the best they can be. I'm talking about guys like Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, or the 3rd string utility man, who's playing so full out just in order to stay in the big leagues. He's spent enough time in the minor leagues that he wants to be in the big leagues.

I've got through strings of watching popular dramas: House of Cards, Mad Men, the Mitt documentary. They are entertainment, establishment, but I also see them as educational. I enjoyed them all.

But I'm curious now about the local HD channels. All the local affiliates also have subchannels. Channel 4, for example, has 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, etc. Each channel has different programming.

My curiosity has been piqued.

He's the man.


Patriots your team? That would fit the bill!

There are not enough fingers to cross to get my damn Chargers in the big game, we'll see soon enough!

With the new All-Digital signal and especially HD

They have turned up the brainwashing significantly. It definitely explains how some are completely helpless to review even the most basic of facts. Add fluoride and you've got yourself a complete zombie.

Hey sports fans! Have you never researched "gladiator games" in ancient Rome? The purpose was to keep the public DOCILE by giving them an outlet for their anger, frustration and also giving them the sense of accomplishment that they could never get from life itself.

Without sports, people would be paying a lot more attention to their government. They would start to do more independent research as to what is really going on in this county. Eventually they would arrive at the knowledge that the true enemies of their republic lie in the very halls of "just us."


Threw my TV out in 2005

Haven't had one in the house since.
Thank you YouTube for introducing me to Ron Paul!

This is truth!

I unplugged the drug over three years ago. Although I still watch the occasional sporting event, but agree completely with our description. The absolute militarism of pro sports is so obvious now.

The biggest benefit is my children. No TV and guess who becomes the most powerful influence in your children's live's?

The parents!

Great post and this ions item is almost mandatory for anyone with young impressionable children. Getting the electric drug out of the house will make a difference that is almost not believable until you see it for yourself. The kids get a one movie each week end that my wife or I approve. Entertainment has a place. It just should not be what the family revolves around or derives its identify from as individuals or the whole.


Liberty = Responsibility


I pretty much stopped watching TV on a regular basis in 1998 when I discovered the internet. I still do like to watch movies and on occasions I watch TV series but I spend my time reading articles and learning new things on the internet. I gave away my TV a year ago. I hadn't turned it on in 2 years so figured I didn't need it anymore. I pretty much only ever used a TV to stream video from computer to a larger display. I can see myself owning one in the future for a PS3 display but thats about it. Lets be real COD is awesome time killer when you need it.

14 months but, who's counting

The cable had acted up again, I'm in tech so did all the usual resets but the thing would not come back up. They said that they had to have someone come out to the house and I said they might as well collect their equipment and haul it off.

My wife and I don't want to wait around for some guy to show up at the most inconvenient time to restore our propaganda box.

To hell with it.

And I am not speaking figuratively. I was only watching a little golf now and then anyway. No justification for a steady stream of toxic negativity, snark and propaganda entering our household.

Good riddance!

This is what Comcast does!

The last home my family and I lived in was the one in which I had the cable shut off. Was very happy, no one missed it. I worried a little for my 7-year-old, who turned it on once, told me it doesn't work, & I told her yes, I got rid of it. She didn't care at all, to my surprise. She knows how to use the kids Netflix and only does that very rarely.
Well, when we moved to where we are now, the cheapest internet for Comcast was also bundled with cable. I got that, but was unhappy with tv being around again so I called to get rid of it. They told me Internet by itself would cost me about $60 more, that I had no choice but to keep the tv. Can u believe it?? How does that make any sense? It's infuriating, but I still don't watch it but don't like it being there for my family.

The cable modem is also the splitter for the tv feed...

just disconnect that cable from the back of the cable modem -- problem solved. If your internet doesn't work, you disconnected the wrong one :)

Me either!! It's been 4 years for me

And it's the best decision for my family!!! We have too many other important things to take care of then listening into the government mouthpiece of the lamestream false media and everything else that goes with it! ; )

We haven't had TV in

17 years. Don't miss it.

Saw it a few times at different places since and I can't believe just how stupid it has gotten - a real mind draining experience.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." (Dr. Seuss)


Was the last day I watched. I've forgotten what pissed me off so bad, lol, but I remember the date!

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift


Who in their right mind would trust their PC with a television commercial? That's like saying hand over the keys to your car and pay for it as well.


I cancelled our cable in 2007. We don't have an antennae so we have zero television reception capability. Nobody misses it. Spend more time outside doing things, reading, researching online, having actual conversations with real humans. Stuff like that. When I travel and stay in a hotel room I turn on the tv and am amazed at how things have changed in the last five years. The "news" channels are no different than a tv show. Everything is so obviously scripted that it's impossible to watch. Pull the plug now, I highly recommend it.

"Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms."
Ron Paul

sports are just like politics

or as they say everything is politics

I Hate To Bring Up AJ

but he talks extensively about this in one of his documentaries. I think it's End Game but not sure. I just know that the video was the first time I heard anyone talk about what I had thought for years. That sports is only out there as a release valve for guys and that tv is there to brainwash and program us.


Why don't I watch. It's lies and deceptions pretending otherwise

They get the time right. Weather reporting is fair.

Cost is excessive. I have to labor through 18 minutes of commercials to see 42 minutes of program content.

One hour a day for a month is 9 hours of adverts a month.

Nine hours a month allowing some member of the Federal Reserve Family of Companies that try and change my mind, by hook or crook.

No thanks! 32 years and counting.

Free includes debt-free!

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a T.V.?

James Madison

Haven't watched in quite some time . . . .

I have no idea who the 'Super Bowl' contenders are, and don't care. Same with the other sports I used to watch. The only spectator sports that will get my attention are those played by the youngsters in our extended family - to cheer them on.
I convinced an older relative to give up t.v. for awhile. While doing so, she has read dozens of books. She says her house is more peaceful without the constant drone of the t.v. playing constantly in the background.

Tell most Americans that you don't watch t.v. (I cancelled the cable long ago) and they look at you in utter incomprehension. Its as though youre a two headed alien. Drive down many residential streets in the USA and youll see no activity outside and the blue glow of television shining out from many houses.

Commercial T.V. - - - one of the worst things to hit America, and imported around the world.

So true. College football

So true. College football deifies military "service." And most SEC games begin with an expensive "fly-over." People just reflexively believe that our military is a force for good.

This is the best

This is the best post I've read for sometime. Thank you for sharing it.

jrd3820's picture

I watch TV, but rarely.

I love history channel documentaries.

And I love Ancient Aliens.

I did cut facebook 4 years ago and have never looked back. It is a whole different world without facebook. I am 27, and people my age give me quite the puzzled look when I tell them, no you cannot find me on fb because I am not there.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Ancient Aliens is fun, but

if you're a lover of truth you should also check out the other side of the story:


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I will watch your video

However, I want to point out that while I love Ancient Aliens, I take it with a grain of salt. I mostly like it because I love the hisotry behind the ancient sites they go to. I also think Van Danniken has balls! lol. Off to your video...

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

I haven't had TV in over 5 years.

Just internet. I'll watch stuff on Netflix or Hulu sometimes, and I occasionally go to a friends to watch the Seahawks games. I just have no need for television.

Be the conversion box you wish to see in the world! :D

About a year and a half after the switch to digital transmission I was listening to a football game on the radio (Packers vs. Vikings). It was a such good game that for the first time in years I was inspired to think, "Hey, I should actually watch this!" I did have a television that I used to watch SpongeBob videos and movies on DVD. I rolled it out of storage into my living room, turned it on [TV mode] and observed the blue screen. I changed channels - blue screen, blue screen... I finally remembered stories of the switch from analog transmission the year before. I also remembered the last thing I had watched on television, PBS's broadcast of Scorcese's Dylan documentary "No Direction Home" which had aired about a year and a half before the analog to digital transmission switch. I laughed and turned my radio back on. :D

i watch about five things still on tv.

1. Ghost adventures (the one on sci if seems totally faked)
2. Finding bigfoot
3. Reruns of House
4. Game of thrones and on demand reruns
5. The weather channel

I turned on my DVR to record CNN the other day to see Alex Jones interview and didn't even watch it. I had asked a family member to watch it and got a call safer it finished and had no idea that he would go on an explosive rant. Completely destroyed any logical points I was trying to show them about guns...

The weather channel is.. Still relatively unbiased except for in the morning when whoever their need affiliate is on. I think it's a work around for that station to cheat on ratings lol.

But really my TV sits on the weather channel most of the time just for extra light in my room when I don't really need to see the radar or forecast. I watch most of the listed shows through my DVR to skip commercials and I work a lot of different hours so I can't always catch them.

I've been trying to get my family to stay away from the news and get their news online from sites like libertycrier.com here and a handful of others which I've made some progress showing them how biased and unreliable the news channels are.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.