I have been spending far too much time surfing the web. I can’t help it. What with the election heating up, there’s just so much juicy stuff out there. Some of it is way out there, like the Bible Code video, predicting Hillary vs. McCain. I am especially fascinated by the conspiracy theories. Two of my current favorites involve the reason John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. The first one is that after accepting the nomination, Senator McCain looked at the financial crisis, the Iraq war, the crumbling infrastructure, and the healthcare crisis. “(Expletive deleted)!” he said. “I don’t want to have to deal with that. How can I torpedo my campaign so that it doesn’t look like I’ve sabotaged it?” The second is that she was never intended to be Veep. She’s a stalking horse to get the religious right fired up. But (should he win), sometime between Nov. 4 and Jan. 20, a family emergency (or indictment) would occur and she’d have to resign, to be replaced by Joe Lieberman. There are loads and loads of others, for any and all candidates. Using bits and pieces of these theories, rumors and innuendo, there are probably enough parts for a dozen short stories and a novel or two. Interestingly enough, there was an article on NPR this evening about matrixing (read NPR article), that is, the mind’s tendency to find patterns or connections where there aren’t any. Jennifer Whitson conducted a study which found that the less in control of their environment people felt, the more prevalent this phenomenon was. That makes sense. There are a whole lot of high anxiety events happening right now. So there are probably really no monsters in the closet. It’s just…what was up with all that winking Sarah Palin was doing at the debate last night? I found it disturbing. My friend said she thinks the gov was trying to come across as cute & folksy. Maybe. But what if she had something in her eye that was bothering her? Like a high tech contact?