The Watchtower

The Watchtower is Sparky’s AltNews section and has come online to help us bear witness and consider our place in the ‘bigger picture’. We seek here to identify fact and real evidence despite the misinformation and distracting and damaging sensationalism that abounds.

An effort to find original sources amongst so many games of ‘chinese whispers’ that distort, distract and twist important truths, messages and public opinion. 


The way it is Sparky presents a timely curation depicting the state of humanity, as witnessed by our editors, contributing writers, thinkers, designers and scientists, et al, referenced on the web, trusted media sources and scientific research and theory..

  • March

    Homeward Bound

    Europe and the global community go into confinement and self isolation.

  • April

    Time to show what we are made of.

    Human mortality is threatened and it is putting the fear of God and Nature in us all. Not recognising and responding to limitations has caused division, saturation, wastefulness, and distortion and dilution of our true values. The worldwide social experiment is under way – is it a self induced culling exercise or an opportunity to correct ourselves as we witness the worst in human nature show what pathetic creatures we are. It may be the big opportunity we’ve been waiting for …., to reboot humanity – we have the necessary communications, alternatives, upgrades and resources to do just that – and relieve ourselves of the obsession with economic growth and individual greed and arrogance. This is the time to clear the caches and defragment the mind and soul of mankind while in the state of grouped or individual isolation. 

  • June

    Outward Bound

    As the world hits 10 million cases and deaths exceed 500,000 we are emerging into tthe ‘new normal’ and so far it looks even worse than before the pandemic. Will people learn how to take responsibility for themselves, their families, their friends, their neighbors and their communities. Like blind rats we head straight for the edge, and a fall in terms of health and welfare that many of us will not survive, the age of stupid is here. Hopefully what we are witnessing now are the ‘bad actors’ and the euphoria of the  ‘quarantine zombies’ released from their sufferance of home confinement, leaving no room or relief for those who suffer most, as always the casual workers, service providers, health care workers, the poor and neglected, and the list goes on … instead we see the privileged and soulless millennials clogging the motorways and access, polluting and contaminating and overwhelming places of natural beauty and holiday destinations and ‘attractions’ …

  • August

    To the Happy Ending

    The end of times (as we know them) – and a new humanity? – as we emerge early from some kind of hiberation 

The Power of Suggestion

Whether we like it or not we are influenced by what those around us say and do, and what Google and YouTube et al, TV advertising and podcasting, device-driven social media, or even a trip to the supermarket will ‘present’ to us, it is almost continuous. It has become hard to tell truth from deceit, or fact from fiction, amidst the abuse of our ‘freedom of speech’ and overwhelming and daily news coverage and competitive, invasive delivery.

As human nature becomes even more manipulatable and events that influence our perception of life in our societies are occurring daily – the first steps in how to recognise misinformation or disruptive statement and misleading opinion are straightforward enough (1. Be more aware) it can be detrimental to allow or depend on the ‘AI’s to provide fact-checked news, well-balanced analysis, data, stats, educated opinion and proper feedback.


1. Tune in to the moment. This is good advice for just about anything. But as with so many things, awareness is required to help us identify the suggestions that are coming our way in the first place. If you are not aware of the messages you’re sending or receiving from others, it’s tough to counteract the negative suggestions you hear. So tune into what’s going on around you. Get more curious, and the suggestions that could influence you will be easier to spot. Then you can give special attention to those that are most helpful or encouraging.

2. Create a network of support. Identify the people that believe in you and stay close to them. Psychologists have shown that we are influenced by both deliberate and non-deliberate suggestions. How people talk to us—their gestures, tones, and implications—matter just as much as their words. Positive influence begets positive suggestions. Think about whom you spend the most time with, and make sure that they bring positive energy—that alone will help to create more positive outcomes in your life.

Think too about how your behavior is suggestive. When you are interacting with others (or, especially, parenting), you are making non-deliberate suggestions with your body language, attitude, and attention. These subtle suggestions can build people up and inspire them—or tear them down, all without you saying a word. 

3. Maintain a flexible mindset. When we are locked into a fixed mindset we tend to take failure personally and see little opportunity for improvement. This is limiting. Better to remain open to any outcome, and when suggestions or influences come into your life, consider those that take you closer to your goals. With flexible thinking ou continue to learn, grow, and improve, and draw things into your life that will influence your progress. 

4. Understand that the power of suggestion is always working. If you expect something to happen—if someone or something suggests to you a specific outcome—your expectations of that outcome play a major role in its occurrence. The expectation or suggestion alone, often unconsciously, changes your behavior and your responses to help bring into reality the outcome you are expecting

The four points on suggestion are from Polly Campbell who speaks and writes about success, resilience, and personal development. She is the author of Imperfect Spirituality.


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