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Just a thought... Don't trust everything you see. Even salt looks like sugar. [Narges Obaid]

Welcome to Wednesday! It's a busy one here as we get set for a webinar this afternoon (recorded for those who can't join us, plus there's another planned for an evening in June) from AMA Waterways about the October 2020 Rhine Cruise with a Canadian Twist. We're taking over an entire riverboat, Mike Cooper and I and all of our fantastic guests, and can't wait to learn more about it - as will you today - and our trip from Switzerland to The Netherlands during Canadian Thanksgiving 2020. 
 
If you're interested, you need to register first, and you can do that here.
 
A lot has been made over the past week of a doctored, truly "fake news" video of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In it, this brilliant and powerful woman is being made to look like a stumbling drunk, a direct hit back at her for suggesting that Donald Trump's family perhaps stage an intervention at this point in his mental decline. (Need proof? He offered a cheery "Happy Memorial Day!" to his hosts in...wait for it...Japan. Clearly Dec. 7, 1941 was not an infamous day in his mind.)
 
At any rate, I had been holding onto a scary, brilliant video put together by the Oscar-winning film maker Jordan Peele that points out, through his incredible mimicry and talent, the dangers in believing everything (and sometimes anything) you see on the internet in 2019. I urge you to share this with any friends/family who may have passed along or (worse yet) believed the Pelosi video that Trump himself gleefully retweeted.
 
You KNOW his "base" bought it hook, line and sinker because Dear Leader, the guy who made the "fake news" cry famous, RT'd it. But this piece from Peele should be a wake-up call to everyone with the capacity for rational thought. (It features Barack Obama saying things...but I'm not going to spoil it for you. It's brilliant. Caution: some of the language is a little 'blue.') Just click on the screenshot below.
 

Jordan Peele/Barack Obama

 
"Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe," my grandmother would say. Although, these days, she might be more tempted to say, "Love many, trust none and no one is trying to take your gun." (Gram was born in North Dakota, so the gun rhyme actually works.)
 
Watch the video, share today's journal please and always ALWAYS ask questions. There's so much misinformation out there, and with elections always just around the corner, we as Canadians need to be on the alert as well. 
 
Back with you here tomorrow. And that you can believe.
 
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