Some Good News and Not So Good News for Thrasher's Wheat in 2014
Antietam Civil War Battlefield, Maryland
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Here's to hoping that everyone has had a nice 2013 holiday as we look ahead into the year 2014.
So notice anything different?
Look up. No silly, not the ceiling but the blog header at top of screen. ;) That's right -- no advertisements on Thrasher's Wheat anymore!
So that's actually the good news... sort of.
You see, it's not exactly like we took a big stand and decided to reject corporate advertising on our blog. No, it would seem that our advertising partner has decided to no longer provide ad displays and terminated our account. We're still trying to get to the bottom of why this decision was made but it would seem to involve a violation of the standard Terms of Service. Clearly, we didn't violate any of the major clauses like pornography, illegal products sales, etc.
It is unlikely that we'll ever learn exactly what brought the end of the relationship but could it have been something we said?
So now the not so good news.
Obviously, this means no advertising revenue going forward for TW -- a not too insignificant portion of how we cover our expenses of running this blog. Our plan is to continue forward and keep on bloggin' until the power goes out and our battery's dead. Thanks to all of you who support what we do here at Thrasher's Wheat. Thank you all for your contributions, support, and helpful efforts throughout the year. We can’t begin to tell you how much we appreciate every single one of you as you manage to keep us refreshed, stimulated, and stepping through your constant sharing of ideas that nudge us onward. We couldn't do it without you.
Again, we don't want to sound paranoid that forces are at work to shutdown our advertising, deprive us of revenue, and thwart our freedom of communication. But at the same time, we can't brush all this off in a blase fashion. On the bright side, we consider this to be another validation of a sort of what we do here at TW. In the past, the attacks on this site have reinforced our belief that we have taken the less traveled fork in the road on our journeys.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me."
---- Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945
It is curious that a music blog on Neil Young would be this much of an annoyance to some folks that this is what it has come to. Is this all part of the coming "Clampdown"?
More evidence that The Big Shift is well underway?
The pulling back the curtain on the Illusion of the Matrix?
So where do we go from here?
Well, we're very interested in hearing from you -- our dear readers -- where do we go from here. We are expecting to be making some adjustments in 2014, so stay tuned. In the meantime, drop us a comment below or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
As 2014 begins, we can only suggest to try to recharge as much as you can, enjoy your family and friends, and prepare yourselves for the changes that will be coming in the New Year. Remain calm, open and engaged.
On occasion, folks wonder where this all comes from or where to start in answering The Really Big Questions. Reading both 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley are essential to understanding Today's Reality.
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
So will it be the Red pill or the Blue pill today? Or the "Psychedelic Pill"?
We mean, how far down the rabbit hole do you really want to go? How much truth can you handle? Simply being aware of one's own free will and exercising it is an act of liberation and self realization.
For us, we try to be wise enough not to “feed the chaos” further with our own fear, anger, or hate. For our own sake, we try to turn our backs and head towards what is true and pure and loving. We try as best we can to devote our lives to that which makes us happy, healthy, and complete. We are all made to enjoy music, nature, beauty, and the company of our loved ones.
We try to live the life we believe is right, no matter the consequences. Without fear and with unconditional love.
One of the greatest speeches in a film ever, from the 1940 Charlie Chaplin film "The Great Dictator".
So believe in what we both together are doing. Knowing we can succeed. Our time is coming. Nothing will stop this now so we begin this year of 2014 with love in our hearts. Make peace our goal, and vow to be true to ourselves. Working to create a world that we can be proud of, and that which we helped to create. May the beautiful energy of music and love surround you and yours, and let it be your traveling muse and guiding light. That is our wish for our world in 2014. Look at everything with the eyes of love and we will create harmony and peace.
Lastly, we’d again like to thank all of you out there for your amazing support. Thank you for taking the time to read our posts and comment; send heart-warming notes, photos, and links; and thanks for spreading the word and taking us to Europe this past summer. Dreams can come true... if you want to work hard to make them happen. We are all making a difference together and feel the world is taking notice.
Having said this, let’s all prepare for what is to come in what we believe will be a New Year full of positive, lasting change.
be the wheat.
peace and love,
thrasher & thrashette
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