You already know what political “spin” is right? This campaign has been so full of spin, I’m already starting to feel dizzy. Spin is about altering your perspective of a thing by adding intent or meaning that may not really exist. And sadly, spin can be something as simple as stating a completely innocent fact in a ‘you-know-what-i-mean’ kinda voice. For example, when you wag your finger at a candidate and suggest that, say, taking a number of mortgages on his personal home implies he is really bad at managing money, you are actually just falling for spin. After all, mortgaging against a home is a moderately risky way to borrow money, sure (and not for the feint-of-heart) but lots of people leverage their home’s equity to get access to lower interest rate loans for investments, renovations or unplanned expenses. The spin works because when you hear someone else tsk-tsk’ing it your brain takes a giant leap of (bad) faith and equates it to something sinister… as if getting a standard mortgage-backed loan is as bad as getting a payday loan, declaring bankruptcy or hiding money in an off-shore bank account. It’s not, by the way. This type of propaganda is called spin because it’s meant to make you see something off-kilter. So, word of advice as you listen, read, and decide: to avoid getting dizzy while spinning look at the horizon, focus on the big picture, and stop staring at your feet.
Bit the bullet and bought a stationary spin bike for my cross-training. I’m too lazy to got to the gym, but the basement is only a few steps away. And it has a TV.