Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: The Best of Thrasher's Wheat's 2016 Posts
A few days ago, we compiled our annual listing of news -- Neil Young 2016 Year in Review: The Year of The Wheat -- of that which we found most interesting and notable.
Admittedly, it was difficult to find a coherent theme of the key Neil Young events but they were there for you -- our readers -- those who have opened up the tired eyes in a year that shook the world.
For many, 2016 was a terrible year which could not end soon enough. David Bowie... gone. Prince ... gone. Leonard Cohen ... gone. Leon Russell ... gone. And the list goes on of those who've joined the great gig in the sky. Gone but not forgotten.
As we have warned for years, citizens around the world, feeling abused by the establishment, decided to take their power back in various forms and fashions. From BREXIT to Standing Rock, flawed regimes and policies are being replaced rapidly. Just prior to the U.S. election on November 9, we saw surging hope and change coming once again. From our perspective here at TW, we saw as positive the fact that the nominee Donald Trump was well along in the process of destroying the Republican Party. Trump's election and subsequent fallout are speeding up the destruction of the Democratic Party, as well. And after the election, the hysterical and clueless mainstream media grasped at straws only to ensure the imminent demise of Big Media and the rise of alternative media, such as, this blog that you are reading now.
2016 was the year it all got REAL and became "The Year of The Wheat". 2016 was a trifecta (ending the corrupt 2 party monopoly and corporate information control propaganda matrix) which opens enormous potential to create new political and social movements, as well as, new communications platforms and networks. So much chaff (fake news). So little wheat (truth).
We thank all of our readers and supporters for making our little blog - which has never seen one dollar of outside funding and has never spent one dollar on marketing - a part of your daily routine. [NOTE: Thank you notes have now been completed and delivered. Check your SPAM folder if you do not receive email or let us know.] This brings us to a topic near and dear: fake Neil news -- something we have been accused of. While we find the narrative of fake Neil news laughable, after all every single article on this blog is backed by facts and links to outside sources, we find it to be a dangerous, slippery slope, that with Obama's recent signing of the "Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act" into law - forces are being arrayed to implement internet censorship in order to "protect" us.
Freedom of speech and freedom of the press is precious and must be protected. Discernment is the answer to "fake news" -- certainly not censorship.
So without further ado, here are the posts that you, our readers, found to be the most engaging, interesting and popular based on the number of comments or page views, during the past year.
Comments of the Moment: The Synchronicity of Neil Young & Thrasher's Wheat
- Concert Reports: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - New Orleans, LA @ Jazz & Heritage festival, May 1, 2016
- TOUR OPENS TONIGHT: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Glasgow, Scotland, June 5, 2016
- Amsterdam, Netherlands, Concert: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - July 9, 2016
Neil Young Archives Volume #1
Neil Young Archives Volume #2: "Nearly completed and should surface in 2017"
Paul McCartney and Neil Young
- Desert Trip Festival - October 8, 2016
- It's Official - Neil Young Will Open for Paul McCartney on Night #2 of Desert Trip Festival, October 8
With 2016 behind us, what's in store for 2017?
Neil says he taking 2017 off to work on projects. We'll see. We don't know and we do not pretend to be able to predict the future. Are eyes wide shut or do the tired eyes open to see the looking glass illusion being shattered in the Big Shift? Predictions from the "smartest people in the room" are consistently wrong. We merely observe, try to find what is unexpected, entertaining, amusing, surprising and then blog it.
Finally, we wish all our TW readers the best of luck in 2017, with much success in every avenue of life; we bid farewell to 2016 with our traditional and unwavering year-end promise: Thrasher's Wheat will be here each and every day - to help our readers sort through the Neil Young news and separating the Wheat from the Chaff.
Without you, our dear readers, this blog would not exist.
The truth is that while we always try to represent, interpret and explain events as they happen objectively and in real time (a challenge which at times is literally painful) we may not get everything right or accurate, but we try.
We try to do as well as we can within the confines of our modest staffing, infrastructure and financial capabilities. Unlike media behemoths and "titans" of industry, many of whom have infinitely more in resources and outside "access", our existence is only possible if you - dear reader - keep coming back. Incidentally, and contrary to various amusing rumors, TW does not, and has never had any financial, political, or any other affiliation or relation to an external entity or organization; no we are not funded by Warner Bros., no we are not on Neil's secret payroll, no we have never raised one dollar of outside funding. From day one, all our revenue has been through advertising, and your kind donations.
Which, simply stated, means that we write what we believe in, even if it is ultimately proven to be dead wrong. And always remember: there is no such thing as "absolute truth."
Which is not to say readers should accept everything, or anything, at face value. Quite the contrary: as we have warned since the very start, our main intention, while informing readers, has been to make them think critically - to present a different side to things, even if it is ultimately dead wrong. For pete's sake, this a blog after all, not some established pillar of the fourth estate with editors, sub-editors, reporters, journalists, crossword puzzle makers, back office, and so forth.
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The reality is, critical readers should read analytic posts and the rest of Thrasher's Wheat with the blanket assumption that the author (The Thrashers) is totally "conflicted." (Phrased more logically, that the author stands to benefit from being right- imagine that). This turns the conversation to the content, and away from the author, the author's biography and the contents of our bank account. This (the content) is, of course, where the focus should be. If you still get something out of our writing with the assumption that we are "invested" in our position and stand to gain personally from you believing us, well, we've done our job. If not, then our being "unconflicted" isn't going to change the fact that we have a weak argument or poorly reasoned prose.
However, no matter how the growing conflict within the media's fourth estate/"fake news establishment" turns out, we would like you - our reader - to know that we have survived this long, over 20 years since our modest start in 1996, in the process clocking in millions of page views, thousands of comments and hundreds of reader submissions. And for that, from the entire staff (1.5 very part timers) here at Thrasher's Wheat, we thank all of our readers and supporters with all of our heart and soul. You guys are way better than silver and gold.
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(Thanks to The Tylers for some of the suggested phrasings!)
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