A while ago, before Alaska became a tourist destination and an oil source, the hardy locals referred to immigrants from the “lower 48” as “Cheeechakos.” That was the Alaskan form for “tenderfoot” or “greenie.” A newcomer who didn’t yet get the program. An enduring piece of sage advice took shape, advice to be offered such newcomers: “Believe nothing that you hear, and only half of what you see.” Alaska remains dangerous and unforgiving.
However, military strategy, natural resources and tourism have smoothed some of its rougher corners, enlarging the population and diminishing the old warning to new arrivals. Some folk even retire to Alaska from down below these days. Bu t the old warning is today no less true, even if less spoken. Nor is it peculiar to Alaska.
In all 50 states plus U.S. territories, most rely now upon the internet for knowledge of their current reality. Augmented in cases of older folk by newspapers and TV.And all of these have become subjects suited to the old warning: “Believe nothing that you hear, and only half of what you see.”
This Video supplies an education in internet believability. We recommend it for any who accept poll results, newspaper headlines and internet recordings as solid evidence of anything whatsoever. True, you may color us cynical; we prefer that to naivete’. It seems considerably cheaper to be wrong as a cynic than it does to be wrong as a naif.
We only hope that you may enjoy the information and that you may recall it the next time you are presented with testimony from the New York Times, Fox News, Speaker Paul Ryan or President Obama. Or for that matter, us. Eternal vigilance we have been told, is the price of liberty. We suspect that liberty is dearer than that, but that marks a good down payment. We recommend the old saw: “Don’t take any wooden nickels” at least for those who may recall what a nickel is … or was. It’s a lower 48 version of “Believe nothing that you hear and only half of what you see.”