Voodoo Ritual 2

Voodoo Ritual 2

The state is a mythical concept, a jejune concept, one that humanity needs to find the maturity to grow out of. The unquestioning acceptance of this myth, one saturated with internal contradictions, is that which defines the ‘TVZombie’.~Willy Whitten

Television as an Altar

[] Media and the Pathological Society

In the technocratic society, the culture is merely the scum grown in a petri dish.

“The exploration of media content is a focus of some scholars who examine how current and dominant views may be perpetuated through mass media as a form of ‘normality’. Such as views of sex and gender, certain professions and social classes, race, ethnicity and culture. This extends to the global arena in how news and entertainment frame countries and cultures to the rest of the world.”~Ella Shohat & Robert Stam


“The medium is the message” is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.

The phrase was introduced in his most widely known book, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, published in 1964.[1] McLuhan proposes that a medium itself, not the content it carries, should be the focus of study. He said that a medium affects the society in which it plays a role not only by the content delivered over the medium, but also by the characteristics of the medium itself.

For McLuhan, it was the medium itself that shaped and controlled “the scale and form of human association and action”.[2] Taking the movie as an example, he argued that the way this medium played with conceptions of speed and time, transformed “the world of sequence and connections into the world of creative configuration and structure.”[3] Therefore the message of the movie medium is this transition from “lineal connections” to “configurations”.[4]

Extending the argument for understanding the medium as the message itself, he proposed that the “content of any medium is always another medium”[5] – thus, the content of writing is speech, print is that of writing and print itself is the content of the telegraph.

McLuhan understood “medium” in a broad sense. He identified the light bulb as a clear demonstration of the concept of “the medium is the message”. A light bulb does not have content in the way that a newspaper has articles or a television has programs, yet it is a medium that has a social effect; that is, a light bulb enables people to create spaces during nighttime that would otherwise be enveloped by darkness. He describes the light bulb as a medium without any content. McLuhan states that “a light bulb creates an environment by its mere presence.”[6]

Likewise, the message of a newscast about a heinous crime may be less about the individual news story itself — the content — and more about the change in public attitude towards crime that the newscast engenders by the fact that such crimes are in effect being brought into the home to watch over dinner.[7]

Hence in Understanding Media, McLuhan describes the “content” of a medium as a juicy piece of meat carried by the burglar to distract the watchdog of the mind.[8] This means that people tend to focus on the obvious, which is the content, to provide us valuable information, but in the process, we largely miss the structural changes in our affairs that are introduced subtly, or over long periods of time.[7] As society’s values, norms and ways of doing things change because of the technology, it is then we realize the social implications of the medium. These range from cultural or religious issues and historical precedents, through interplay with existing conditions, to the secondary or tertiary effects in a cascade of interactions[7] that we are not aware of.


Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television – Jerry Mander 1978

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television argues that the technology of television is not a neutral or benign instrument or tool. The author argues that in varied technologies and institutions such as militaries, automobiles, nuclear power plants, mass production, and advertising, the basic form of the institution and the technology determines its interaction with the world, the way it will be used, the kind of people who use it, and to what ends.

The author argues that far from being “neutral,” television predetermines who shall use it, how they will use it, what effects it will have on individual lives, and, if it continues to be widely used, what sorts of political forms will inevitably emerge.

The four arguments are:

1.While television may seem useful, interesting, and worthwhile, at the same time it further boxes people into a physical and mental condition appropriate for the emergence of autocratic control.
2.It is inevitable that the present powers-that-be (or controllers) use and expand using television so that no other controllers are permitted.
3.Television affects individual human bodies and minds in a manner which fit the purposes of the people who control the medium.
4.Television has no democratic potential. The technology itself places absolute limits on what may pass through it. The medium, in effect, chooses its own content from a very narrow field of possibilities. The effect is to drastically confine all human understanding within a rigid channel.
[]What binds the four arguments together is that they deal with aspects of television that are not reformable.
“It {television} affects the psychology of people who watch. It increases the passivity of people who watch. It changes family relationships. It changes understandings of nature. It flattens perception so that information, which you need a fair amount of complexity to understand it as you would get from reading, this information is flattened down to a very reduced form on television. And the medium has inherent qualities which cause it to be that way.”~ Mander


Media psychology draws from multiple disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, neuroscience, political science, rhetorics, computer science, communications, and international relations.

How TV Effects Brainwaves
“Formal Features” are the camera cuts, pans, zooms, etc. used very frequently in TV and movies. Because these “formal features” are so novel, and different from normal everyday reality, they trigger the brain’s “orienting response”. The “orienting response” is an important brain reflex that alerts us when there is a change in the environment. This “orienting response” is an essential survival mechanism because it forces us to pay attention to any (potentially dangerous) changes in the environment. Because of the involuntary nature of the “orienting response”, another name for it is “involuntary attention”.

It turns out that the “orienting response” has a particular brainwave effect. Namely, when the “orienting response” is triggered, the alpha brainwaves decrease. This decrease in alpha waves has the effect of making the brain more alert. Once the brain ascertains that whatever triggered the “orienting response” is not a threat, the Alpha brainwaves quickly return to their previous level.

Also, during the “orienting response” (“involuntary attention”) the Gamma brainwaves disappear. This decrease in Gamma waves has the effect of breaking the person’s focus. Unlike the Alpha brainwaves, the Gamma brainwaves have a harder time returning to their previous levels. If the “orienting response” is triggered too often (as with TV watching) the brain stays unfocused.
The greater the frequency of these formal features, the fewer the number of fast brainwaves, the less focused the mind. An important feature of the Orienting Response is Habituation.

“Gamma waves are fast, high-frequency, rhythmic brain responses that have been shown to spike when higher cognitive processes are engaged. Research in adults and animals suggests that lower levels of gamma power might hinder the brain’s ability to efficiently package information into coherent images, thoughts and memories.” – Science Daily (Oct 2008) See also Associated Content (April 2008) http://tvsmarter.wordpress.com/2009/02/21/how-tv-effects-brainwaves/



Brainwave Types

Alpha: 8 Hz to 12 Hz, associated with relaxation

Lo-Beta: 12 Hz to 15 Hz, normal waking consciousness

Beta: 15 Hz to 18 Hz, normal waking consciousness

Hi-Beta: 19 Hz to 25 Hz, normal waking consciousness

Gamma: 26 to 100 Hz, associated with perception and consciousness and higher mental activity

Brainwaves: A Comparison of the Samples

Drawing [D] – Reading [R] – Watching TV [T]

D -1.53
R – 2.16
T – 1.43

D – 1.43
R – 1.30
T – 1.24

D – 2.67
R – 0.85
T – 0.98

D – 4.61
R – 4.50
T – 2.41

D – 1.18
R – 0.23
T – 0.06

Diabolical Results on Society
Pandora’s pandemonium of pandemic curses; physical, psychic, and spiritual. Exponential complexity overdrive. A multiversal explosion of manifestations. Every possibility realized.


101 thoughts on “Voodoo Ritual 2

    • Hi Dalia,

      Thank you for dropping in. Lol, I threw my last TV out in 1984 … and sure never missed it.
      I have a flat screen and DVD player and watch movies from time to time. But I spend most of my time submerged in writing and research.

  1. There is no more dangerous an enemy to the state than the domestic population.
    There is no more dangerous an enemy to a people than their own government.

    This is the basis for Realpolitik.

  2. Anyone who can look at the videos of the WTC Towers erupting and claim they are not exploding is a brainwashed idiot; someone who believes the word of authority rather than their own eyes.

  3. “The greatest enemy of the truth is not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, pervasive, and unrealistic.”~John F. Kennedy

    The current false paradigm, the “War on Terrorism” is based on such a myth.
    Al-Qaeda, is in fact an Anglo-American intelligence network of terrorist assets used to advance American and NATO imperial objectives in various regions around the world.

    Note: “Blowback” is a modified-limited-hangout, a ‘revetment’ to buttress the same sort of limited-hangout of, “Incompetence”.

  4. The Global Drug Trade and the CIA

    “As a central facet of the covert financing and training of the Afghan Mujahideen, the role of the drug trade became invaluable. The global drug trade has long been used by empires for fuelling and financing conflict with the aim of facilitating imperial domination.

    In 1773, the British colonial governor in Bengal “established a colonial monopoly on the sale of opium.” As Alfred W. McCoy explained in his masterful book, The Politics of Heroin:

    As the East India Company expanded production, opium became India’s main export. [. . . ] Over the next 130 years, Britain actively promoted the export of Indian opium to China, defying Chinese drug laws and fighting two wars to open China’s opium market for its merchants. Using its military and mercantile power, Britain played a central role in making China a vast drug market and in accelerating opium cultivation throughout China. By 1900 China had 13.5 million addicts consuming 39,000 tons of opium.[51]

    In Indochina in the 1940s and 50s, the French intelligence services “enabled the opium trade to survive government suppression efforts,” and subsequently, “CIA activities in Burma helped transform the Shan states from a relatively minor poppy-cultivating area into the largest opium-growing region in the world.”[52] The CIA did this by supporting the Kuomintang (KMT) army in Burma for an invasion of China, and facilitated its monopolization and expansion of the opium trade, allowing the KMT to remain in Burma until a coup in 1961, when they were driven into Laos and Thailand.[53] The CIA subsequently played a very large role in the facilitation of the drugs trade in Laos and Vietnam throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s.[54]

    It was during the 1980s that “the CIA’s covert war in Afghanistan transformed Central Asia from a self-contained opium zone into a major supplier of heroin for the world market,” as:

    Until the late 1970s, tribal farmers in the highlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan grew limited quantities of opium and sold it to merchant caravans bound west for Iran and east to India. In its decade of covert warfare against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the CIA’s operations provided the political protection and logistics linkages that joined Afghanistan’s poppy fields to heroin markets in Europe and America.[55]
    ~Andrew Gavin Marshall



  5. In the 1980s, one program undertaken by the United States was to finance Mujahideen propaganda in textbooks for Afghan schools. The US gave the Mujahideen $43 million in “non-lethal” aid for the textbook project alone, which was given by USAID: “The U.S. Agency for International Development, [USAID] coordinated its work with the CIA, which ran the weapons program,” and “The U.S. government told the AID to let the Afghan war chiefs decide the school curriculum and the content of the textbooks.”[64]

    The textbooks were “filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings,” and “were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines.” Even since the covert war of the 1980s, the textbooks “have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books.” The books were developed through a USAID grant to the “University of Nebraska-Omaha and its Center for Afghanistan Studies,” and when the books were smuggled into Afghanistan through regional military leaders, “Children were taught to count with illustrations showing tanks, missiles and land mines.” USAID stopped this funding in 1994.[65]

    [64] Carol Off, Back to school in Afghanistan. CBC: May 6, 2002:

    [65] Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway, From U.S., the ABC’s of Jihad. The Washington Post: March 23, 2002:


  6. “Over these 13 years, physicists, chemists, architects, engineers, and first responders have provided massive evidence that completely disproves the official account of the failure of the three skyscrapers. The response to experts has been for non-experts to call experts “conspiracy theorists.” In other words, the defenders of the government’s story have no scientific or factual basis on which to stand. So they substitute name-calling.

    Justice is something that exists outside the borders of the United States. Never expect to find justice within the United States.

    Most Americans are unaware of the extent to which the federal government owns the experts who can contradict its fairy tales. For example, no competent physicist can possibly believe the official story of the destruction of the three WTC buildings. But physics departments in US universities are heavily dependent on federal money. Any physicist who speaks his mind jeopardizes not only his own career but also the career of all of his colleagues. Physicist Steven Jones, who first pointed to the use of thermite in the destruction of the two towers had to agree to having his university buy out his tenure or his university was faced with losing all federal financing.”~Paul Craig Roberts



  7. The following text was presented at the International Conference on “9/11 Revisited – Seeking the Truth”, Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF), Kuala Lumpur, November 2012


    “The tragic events of September 11, 2001 constitute a fundamental landmark in American history, a decisive watershed, a breaking point.

    Millions of people have been misled regarding the causes and consequences of 9/11.

    September 11 2001 opens up an era of crisis, upheaval and militarization of American society. The post September 11, 2001 era is marked by the outright criminalization of the US State, including its judicial, foreign policy, national security and intelligence apparatus.

    9/11 marks the onslaught of the “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT), used as a pretext and a justification by the US and its NATO allies to carry out a “war without borders”, a global war of conquest.

    A far-reaching overhaul of US military doctrine was launched in the wake of 9/11.

    9/11 was also a stepping stone towards the relentless repeal of civil liberties, the militarization of law enforcement and the inauguration of “Police State USA”.

    In assessing the crimes associated with 9/11 in the context of a legal procedure, we must distinguish between those associated with the actual event, namely the loss of life and the destruction of property on 9/11, from the crimes committed in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 “in the name of 9/11″.

    The latter build upon the former. We are dealing with two related dimensions of criminality. The crimes committed “in the name of 9/11″ involving acts of war are far-reaching, resulting in the deaths of millions of people as well as the destruction of entire countries.

    The 9/11 event in itself– which becomes symbolic– is used to justify the onslaught of the post 9/11 US-NATO military agenda, under the banner of the “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT), not to mention the ushering in of the Homeland police state and the repeal of civil liberties….”
    Where was Osama bin Laden on September 11, 2001?

    Is there any proof to the effect that Osama bin Laden, the bogeyman, coordinated the 9/11 attacks as claimed in the official 9/11 narrative?

    According to CBS news (Dan Rather, January 28, 2002), “Enemy Number One” was admitted to the urology ward of a Pakistani military hospital in Rawalpindi on September 10, 2001, courtesy of America’s indefectible ally Pakistan. Rawalpindi is the Headquarters of the Pakistani military including its intelligence apparatus. He could have been arrested at short notice which would have “saved us a lot of trouble”, but then we would not have had an Osama Legend, which has fed the news chain as well as presidential speeches in the course of the last eleven years.

    DAN RATHER. As the United states and its allies in the war on terrorism press the hunt for Osama bin Laden, CBS News has exclusive information tonight about where bin Laden was and what he was doing in the last hours before his followers struck the United States September 11.

    This is the result of hard-nosed investigative reporting by a team of CBS news journalists, and by one of the best foreign correspondents in the business, CBS`s Barry Petersen. Here is his report.

    (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) BARRY PETERSEN, CBS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Everyone remembers what happened on September 11. Here`s the story of what may have happened the night before. It is a tale as twisted as the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

    CBS News has been told that the night before the September 11 terrorist attack, Osama bin Laden was in Pakistan. He was getting medical treatment with the support of the very military that days later pledged its backing for the U.S. war on terror in Afghanistan. (transcript of CBS report, see http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CBS203A.html , see also http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/01/28/eveningnews/main325887.shtml

    CBS News footage of the Rawalpindi, Pakistan, hospital where bin Laden was allegedly treated the day before 9/11. [Source: CBS News]

    The foregoing CBS report which is of utmost relevance indicates two obvious facts:

    1. Osama bin Laden could not reasonably have coordinated the 9/11 attacks from his hospital bed;

    2. The hospital was under the jurisdiction of the Pakistani Armed Forces, which has close links to the Pentagon. Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts were known to both the Pakistani and US military.

    U.S. military and intelligence advisers based in Rawalpindi. were working closely with their Pakistani counterparts. Again, no attempt was made to arrest America’s best known fugitive. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claimed, at the time, that the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden were unknown. According to Rumsfeld: “Its like looking for a needle in a stack of hay”.

    Recovering from his hospital treatment in Rawalpindi on the 11th of September, how could Osama have coordinated the 9/11 attacks?

    How could Afghanistan be made responsible for these attacks by Al Qaeda? Bin Laden is a national of Saudi Arabia who, according to CBS News, was not in Afghanistan, but in Pakistan at the time of the attacks.”

    By Prof Michel Chossudovsky – Global Research, August 31, 2014



  8. “Meanwhile, on two occasions in the course of September 2001, the Afghan government –through diplomatic channels– offered to hand over Osama Bin laden to US Justice. These overtures were turned down by president Bush, on the grounds that America “does not negotiate with terrorists”.

    The War on Afghanistan: First Stage of the “Global War on Terrorism”

    The war on Afghanistan was launched 26 days later on the morning of October 7, 2001. The timing of this war begs the question: how long does it take to plan and implement a major theater war several thousand miles away.

    Military analysts will confirm that a major theater war takes months and months, up to a year or more of advanced preparations. Confirmed by press reports, the war on Afghanistan was already in an advanced state of readiness prior to September 11, 2001, which begs the question of foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks.

    In other words, the 9/11 attacks were used as a means to trigger a military agenda which was already on the drawing board of both the Pentagon and NATO.”~Chossudovsky

    • “Amply documented but rarely mentioned by the mainstream media, Al Qaeda is a creation of the CIA going back to the Soviet- Afghan war. This was a known fact, corroborated by numerous sources including official documents of the US Congress, which the mainstream media chose to either dismiss or ignore. The intelligence community had time and again acknowledged that they had indeed supported Osama bin Laden, but that in the wake of the Cold War: “he turned against us”.

      Both the 9/11 Commission Report as well as the Western media have largely upheld the “outside enemy” mythology, heralding Al Qaeda as the “mastermind” organization behind the 9/11 attacks. The official 9/11 narrative has not only distorted the causes underling the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings, it has also erased the historical record of US covert support to international terrorism, while creating the illusion that America and “Western Civilization” are threatened.”~Chossudovsky

  9. History of Al Qaeda

    “Important to the understanding of 9/11, US intelligence is the unspoken architect of “Islamic terrorism” going back to the heyday of the Soviet-Afghan war.

    Bin Laden was 22 years old and was trained in a CIA sponsored guerrilla training camp. Education in Afghanistan in the years preceding the Soviet-Afghan war was largely secular. With religious textbooks produced in Nebraska, the number of CIA sponsored religious schools (madrasahs) increased from 2,500 in 1980 to over 39,000.

    “Advertisements, paid for from CIA funds, were placed in newspapers and newsletters around the world offering inducements and motivations to join the [Islamic] Jihad.” (Pervez Hoodbhoy, Peace Research, 1 May 2005)

    ”The United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings….The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books,..”, (Washington Post, 23 March 2002)

    Under the Reagan administration, US foreign policy evolved towards the unconditional support and endorsement of the Islamic “freedom fighters”. This endorsement has not in any way been modified.

    In a twisted irony, throughout the post 911 era, US intelligence in liaison with Britain’s MI6, an Israel’s Mossad, continues to provide covert support to the radical Islamist organization allegedly responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Al Qaeda and its various affiliated groups including the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and factions within the Free Syria Army (FSA) are directly supported by the US and NATO.

    In a bitter irony, the US and its allies claim to be waging a “war on terrorism” against the alleged architects of 9/11, while also using Al Qaeda operatives as their foot-soldiers.
    . . . . . . . . . . .
    Al Qaeda: US-NATO Foot-soldiers

    Ironically, while Washington accuses Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran of complicity in the 9/11 attacks, the historical record and evidence indelibly point to the “state sponsorship” of Al Qaeda by the CIA, MI6 and their intelligence counterparts in Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

    Realities are turned upside down. Al Qaeda death squads have been recruited to wage America’s humanitarian wars throughout the Middle East an d North Africa.

    In Syria Al Qaeda units were recruited by NATO and the Turkish High command:

    “Also discussed in Brussels and Ankara, our sources report, is a campaign to enlist thousands of Muslim volunteers in Middle East countries and the Muslim world to fight alongside the Syrian rebels.” (http://www.debka.com/article/21255/ Debkafile, August 31, 2011).

    In Libya, jihadists from Afghanistan trained by the CIA were dispatched to fight with the “pro-democracy” rebels under the helm of “former” Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) Commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj:

    Western policy makers admit that NATO’s operations in Libya have played the primary role in emboldening Al Qaeda’s AQIM faction (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb). The Fortune 500-funded Brookings Institution’s Bruce Riedel in his article, “The New Al Qaeda Menace,” admits that AQIM is now heavily armed thanks to NATO’s intervention in Libya, and that AQIM’s base in Mali, North Africa, serves as a staging ground for terrorist activities across the region. http://www.globalresearch.ca/al-qaeda-and-natos-pan-arab-terrorist-blitzkrieg/

    “Crimes against Civilization”

    9/11 mythology has been the mainstay of war propaganda, which in itself constitutes a criminal act under international law.

    Fiction prevails over reality. For propaganda to be effective, public opinion must firmly endorse the official 9/11 narrative to the effect that Al Qaeda was behind the attacks. A well organized structure of media disinformation is required to reach this objective. Perpetuating the 9/11 Legend also requires defying as well smearing the 9/11 Truth Movement.

    Throughout the post 9/11 era, a panoply of Al Qaeda related events and circumstances is presented to public opinion on a daily basis. These include terrorist threats, warnings and attacks, police investigations, insurgencies and counter-insurgencies, country-level regime change, social conflict, sectarian violence, racism, religious divisions, Islamic thought, Western values, etc.”

    September 11 and Al Qaeda concepts, repeated ad nauseam have potentially traumatic impacts on the human mind and the ability of normal human beings to analyze and comprehend the “real outside World” of war, politics and the economic crisis.

    What is at stake is human consciousness and comprehension based on concepts and facts.

    With September 11 there are no verifiable “facts” and “concepts”, because 9/11 as well as Al Qaeda have evolved into a media mythology, a legend, an invented ideological construct, used as an unsubtle tool of war propaganda.

    Al Qaeda constitutes a stylized, fake and almost folkloric abstraction of terrorism, which permeates the inner consciousness of millions of people around the World.

    Reference to Al Qaeda has become a dogma, a belief, which most people espouse unconditionally. According to the media, “Muslims were behind the attacks”, thereby justifying a war of retribution against Muslim countries.

    Racism and Islamophobia are an integral part of war propaganda.

    Is this political indoctrination? Is it brain-washing? If so what is the underlying objective?

    People’s capacity to independently analyse World events, as well as address causal relationships pertaining to politics and society, is significantly impaired. That is the objective!

    The routine use of 9/11 and Al Qaeda to generate blanket explanations of complex political events is meant to create confusion.

    It prevents people from thinking. It strikes at the core of human values. In a sense, it destroys civilization.

    All of these complex Al Qaeda related occurrences are explained by politicians, the corporate media, Hollywood and the Washington think tanks under a single blanket “bad guys” heading, in which Al Qaeda is casually and repeatedly pinpointed as “the cause” of numerous terror events around the World.

    The criminality underlying post 9/11 propaganda is of much broader nature, affecting people’s mindsets, redefining fundamental social, political and institutional relations.

    “Crimes against Civilization” have been committed.

    9/11 mythology precipitates the World into barbarity.”~Chossudovsky

    Copyright © 2014 Global Research


  10. The 9/11 Commission Report is much like the NIST WTC Reports, and even the Warren Commission Report.

    The bald faced lie is in the Summery of the works. When one reads the entirety of the working pages they contradict the summery.

    “The Big Lie” always depends on the majority of a people not caring beyond the emotional outbursts prompted by trauma based PR.


  11. Obama: “U.S. will hit ISIS ‘wherever they exist’ 10 Sept 2014 President Barack Obama told Americans he plans for the nation to lead a broad coalition to fight the Islamic State. “With a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat,” he said. “Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.” The comments came as part of Obama’s prime-time speech Wednesday to outline his plans to counter the Islamic militants known as the Islamic State, ISIS or ISIL.”

    Obama to Send 475 Additional U.S. Troops to Iraq –New troops would join more than 1,000 U.S. military personnel in Iraq 10 Sept 2014 President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic facilities. Obama was announcing the additional forces Wednesday as part of an expanded offensive against the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria.

    Yes, perfect aye? On the anniversary of 9/11 a brand new doubling down on this bullshit phony “war on Terror”… add in the “new cold war” with Russia, and there is a double course of warmonger chowder for the Military Industrial Complex to feed on.
    Obama is 21st Century Schizoid Man

  12. And the end of it all:

    “What we have to get at is that there should be in all the States of the world, beside ourselves, only the masses of the proletariat, a few millionaires devoted to our interests, police and soldiers . . .
    The recognition of our despot . . . will come when the peoples, utterly wearied by the irregularities and incompetence . . . of their rulers, will clamour: ‘Away with them and give us one king over all the earth who will unite us and annihilate the causes of discords, frontiers, nationalities, religions, State debts, who will give us peace and quiet, which we cannot find under our rulers and representatives’ .”
    ~Protocols of Zion

    In two or three of these passages I have substituted “people” or “masses” for “Goyim”, because the use of that word relates to the unproven assertion contained in the book’s title, and I do not want to confuse the issues; evidence about the identity of the authors of the conspiracy must be sought elsewhere than in an unsupported allegation. The authors may have been Jewish, non-Jewish or anti-Jewish. That is immaterial. When it was published this work was the typescript of a drama which had not been performed; today it has been running for fifty years and its title is The Twentieth Century. The characters depicted in it move on our contemporary stage, play the parts foretold and produce the events foreseen

    Only the denouement remains, fiasco or fulfillment. It is a grandiose plan, and in my estimation cannot succeed. But it has existed for at least 180 years and probably for much longer, and the Protocols provided one more proof in a chain of proofs that has since been greatly lengthened. The conspiracy for world dominion through a world slave state exists and cannot at this stage be abruptly checked or broken off; of the momentum which it has acquired it now must go on to fulfillment or failure. Either will be destructive for a time, and hard for those of the time in which the denouement comes. — End of Chapter — Douglas Reed – THE CONTROVERSY OF ZION

  13. “The tragic events of September 11, 2001 constitute a fundamental landmark in American history, a decisive watershed, a breaking point. The post September 11, 2001 era is marked by the outright criminalization of the US State, including its judicial, foreign policy, national security and intelligence.”~Chossudovsky

    Only insofar as ‘Coming Out of the Closet’.
    The ‘Deep State’ has been a police state since the US Civil War.

  14. “Professor Greg Philo and his colleagues were shocked to find a public ignorance compounded by TV news reporting. The more people watched, the less they knew.
    Greg Philo says the problem is not “bias” as such…as an extension of the state and its vested interests — that critical facts and historical context are routinely suppressed.”
    ~John Pilger

    Philo is speaking specifically to the terror war against Palestine by “Israel” in his research. But these findings can be broadened to a general critique of mainstream media as well.

    Read this whole article:
    Mainstream Media Propaganda: Breaking the Last Taboo – Gaza and the Threat of World War

    By John Pilger – Global Research, September 12, 2014



  15. Our Fascination with Conspiracy Theories

    It appears that these so-called “psychologists” are more fascintated with “conspiracy theories” than those they call “Conspiracy Theorisists”…

    The world is still waiting for news on what happened to the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, but some extraordinary conspiracy theories have sprung up as to its fate in the meantime, many of which have been reported in the media.

    Psychologist Rob Brotherton wanted to investigate why people so often suspect sinister goings-on after headline-grabbing events that have not been fully explained, so he has conducted a survey along with BPS fellow Professor Chris French and BPS member Christopher Thresher-Andrews at Goldsmiths, University of London.

    Writing in New Scientist, he explained that he quizzed more than 400 people about six possible scenarios for MH370’s disappearance. Three were accidental, while three were conspiratorial.

    Although half of respondents said an accidental crash was the most likely, just under a fifth said they suspected a hijacking, making it the second most popular choice.

    Seven per cent even suggested that the disappearance had been orchestrated by one of the world’s governments.

    Interestingly, those who believed in conspiracy theories more widely – for example, that the assassination of JFK was a set-up – were the most likely to believe that MH370’s vanishing had a suspicious reason behind it too.

    “It’s no surprise that conspiracy theories about MH370 have spread so quickly. Conspiracy theorising appears to be an unavoidable feature of how our minds sometimes work,” said Mr Brotherton, adding that our brains tend to favour events as being the product of someone’s intentions as opposed to simple accidents.



  16. “Take your dying with some seriousness, however.
    Laughing on your way to execution is not generally understood by less advanced lifeforms, and they’ll call you crazy”~Messiah’s Handbook

    When in a mess, I “ah”…

  17. Al Qaeda is a terrorist construct, and “intelligence asset” financed, trained and supported covertly by the CIA.

    “Jihadist” mercenaries continue to be recruited by the US and its allies. Al Qaeda and its numerous affiliates –including the Islamic State (IS) and Al Nusrah in Syria– are used as a means to destabilizing sovereign countries under the banner of the “Global War on Terrorism”.~Michel Chossudovsky


  18. JERUSALEM – “Syrian rebels who would later join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.

    The officials said dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.

    The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida.”

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/officials-u-s-trained-isis-at-secret-base-in-jordan/#tHDjumvXEbtmxf4o.99


  19. Only desperate fools can believe NIST’s $20 million computer cartoons “prove” collapse initiation; fools that believe the words of authority rather than their own eyes and senses. Anyone who can watch videos of those towers erupting and not see they are exploding is a brainwashed idiot.

    Being an old hand at this research, I can usually keep a ‘professional demeanor’ when dealing with all of this…but sometimes, just sometimes when I sit back and consider the consequences and repercussions of such wholesale idiocy, it really can piss me off.

  20. “Whereas FEMA’s truss failure theory blamed the failure of column truss supports (dubbed “angle clips” by Professor Eagar) for the collapses, NIST’s column failure theory blames their persistence, stating that they pulled the columns inward — the first step in the contagious spread of “column instability.”

    NIST’s team labored mightily to make its new theory seem plausible. Their Report:

    Presents simulations of the crashing aircraft so detailed that they include the planes’ turbine blades, helping the reader to overlook the lack of detail in its vague description of “column instability” leading to “global collapse.”
    Mixes observation-based details with pure speculation, making it easy for the reader to miss the lack of evidence for severe core damage and high core temperatures in its models.
    Uses repetition and dramatic writing to convince the reader that steel will succumb quickly to fires.
    Exaggerates the extent and intensity of the fires, assuming temperatures more than 300 ºC (572 ºF) higher than are supported by any evidence.
    Ignores properties of steel that make it resistant to fire damage, such as its thermal conductivity.
    Asserts that perimeter columns bowed inward on the basis of their distorted appearance in certain photographs, ignoring other plausible explanations.

    A Mountain of Distracting Details

    Finding NIST’s theory of the collapse takes some work because of the size of the Report. As I note above, NIST does not actually provide a complete theory of the collapse, only a theory of events that led up to “collapse initiation.” However, the casual reader may conclude that NIST does provide a complete theory from phrases in section titles such as “Collapse Analysis,” “Global Analysis,” and “Probable Collapse Sequences.”
    ~Jim Hoffman – 2005



    • As noted below, the Report asserts that infernos raged in the Towers’ cores with quantitative detail that could easily mislead the reader into thinking that there is evidence to support it. Elsewhere the Report admits that there is no visual evidence for fires close to or in the cores.

      “Fires deeper than a few meters inside the building could not be seen because of the smoke obscuration and the steep viewing angle of nearly all the photographs.” (p 127/177)…

      …The Report repeatedly assures us that steel heats rapidly when exposed to fire.

      “Bare steel in fire places and wood stoves “can heat quickly when exposed to a fire of even moderate intensity,” but we don’t often see fireplace gratings or wood stoves collapsing.
      Bare structural steel components, when exposed to a large and sustained fire, can heat rapidly to the point where their ability to support their load is compromised. (p 11/61)
      Bare structural steel components can heat quickly when exposed to a fire of even moderate intensity. Therefore, some sort of thermal protection, or insulation, is necessary.” (p 69/119)

      These statements are disingenuous because they ignore the effect of steel’s thermal conductivity, which draws away heat, and the considerable thermal mass of the 90,000 tons of steel in each Tower. The Report’s implication that fire protection is essential is highly misleading, given that no steel-framed high-rise building has ever collapsed from fires, whether the steelwork was fire protected or not.~Ibid

  21. Bernard Lewis wrote a 1992 article in Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, titled, “Rethinking the Middle East.” In this article, Lewis raised the prospect of another policy towards the Middle East in the wake of the end of the Cold War and beginnings of the New World Order, “which could even be precipitated by fundamentalism, is what has of late become fashionable to call ‘Lebanonization.’ Most of the states of the Middle East – Egypt is an obvious exception – are of recent and artificial construction and are vulnerable to such a process. If the central power is sufficiently weakened, there is no real civil society to hold the polity together, no real sense of common national identity or overriding allegiance to the nation-state. The state then disintegrates – as happened in Lebanon – into a chaos of squabbling, feuding, fighting sects, tribes, regions and parties.”[28]

    Thus, the “database” of Al-Qaeda could be spread internationally so as to destabilize various regions, and thus provide the justification for intervention or even war. All that was needed was well-placed intelligence operatives to control key leadership positions within the terrorist organization. The great majority of both its higher-ups and nearly all al-Qaeda operatives would not have to be made aware of the organizations covert use as an arm of US geo-policy.

  22. The 21st Century War Of Terror

    “Clearly, the plans and purposes for war on Afghanistan had been well established. What was needed was the public justification. The people will not readily support a war to dominate strategic energy reserves and pipeline routes halfway around the world. Besides the fact that this would be an admission of empire, something that still a great many in the American public have failed to reconcile and accept, it would be a difficult task to ask Americans to die for Unocal. What the American people needed to rouse their appetite for war was to have their collective consciousness reshaped by fear; what was needed was terror.”~Andrew Gavin Marshall
    [See: URL two comments up]

  23. Book Review:
    Anthony J. Thorne on September 12, 2007
    Format: Hardcover – Verified Purchase
    “Peter Dale Scott’s long-in-the-works THE ROAD TO 9/11 is outstanding, powerful, sad, in a way, and quietly gripping. (It’s also notable for the fact that the University of California Press only reportedly published it after they’d spent the better part of a year scrupulously fact checking and cautiously vetting it for accuracy). Glib summaries aren’t likely to do it justice. There have been several books published so far that address the official story offered about 9/11 with a critical eye, all of which basically allege that the White House and US intelligence agencies have covered up their own, complicated roles in the terror attacks of 2001. Scott’s new book makes some reference to and generally builds upon a number of those works, but simultaneously encompasses a far broader sweep, wields (conversely) a simpler, more direct argument, and provides a new level of hard-to-argue-with credibility to the process of naming specific names.

    The first lengthy section of the book features Scott’s run through of recent events in US history, with an emphasis on various ‘shadow government’ elements of the US political system, and how these elements have moved into the foreground in recent years. (Scott uses the term `shadow government’ to encompass the various avenues used by governments – not just in the US – to undertake certain activities off the books, under the radar, or illegally). Scott notes the disintegration of the Nixon presidency as being a starting-point for slowly building incidents and trends related to an active `shadow government’ that have re-emerged in the disaster of 9/11 and the subsequent, seemingly comprehensive cover-up. Little known government plans from the Nixon era for militarily suppressing public dissent (via the secretive, innocuously titled `Operation Garden Plot’) are discussed here. Then, following the post-Nixon rise to prominence of Cheney and Rumsfeld during the Ford presidency, Scott notes how these martial-law ambitions eventually reappeared in a different form during the Iran-Contra events via the newly politicized FEMA and Lt. Col. Oliver North’s `REX 84′ plan. REX 84 evoked (in the event of an unspecified future `national emergency’) the widespread surveillance (and possible detention) of political dissenters, the suspension of the U.S. constitution, and the activation of a secretive, parallel government set up to run things away from the pesky oversight of Senate and Congress. It’s carefully noted early on that these aims were strongly desired by both Cheney and Rumsfeld, with the two of them conducting much of the highest level planning at the time for all the above, and the accompanying process given the title of `Continuity of Government’, or `COG’. (Scott jokes darkly that in the light of the sweeping measures it would, and eventually did, enable post 9/11, `Change of Government’ is a much more accurate description). Cheney pushed hard to enable and lay the groundwork for COG through FEMA in the 80’s – groundwork which would institute a parallel government in the event of a national crisis – and Scott eventually notes what he dryly calls an `arresting coincidence’. Once Cheney and FEMA are reunited in May 2001, the same COG planning team from the Iran-Contra era in the 1980’s was put forth by George W. Bush as a terrorism task force, and then a major terrorist attack on the United States allowed those same folks to implement COG. (Though Scott finished the bulk of THE ROAD TO 9/11 in 2006, he also makes use here at one point of information just revealed in Andrew Cockburn’s 2007 biography RUMSFELD: HIS RISE, FALL AND CATASTROPHIC LEGACY. Cockburn’s book notes how Rumsfeld and other hard-line Republican hawks with an eye on the future had privately kept the COG / parallel government exercises alive during the 90’s in training exercise / bull sessions where they would “..castigate the Clinton administration in the most extreme way”, and where the prior evoked COG threat of choice, the Soviets, had been replaced by a new designated foe thought of as likely able to provoke a useful national emergency – terrorists).

    Dramatically, Scott (a veteran chronicler and researcher of another painful, much debated event from American political history) holds firm in refusing to water down his conclusions. During the eventual terrorist attacks of September 2001, COG boosters Cheney and Rumsfeld both described themselves (along with other members of the Bush administration) as being `out of the loop’ during key moments of the crisis that could have affected the events of the day. Scott begs to differ. THE ROAD TO 9/11 can be seen as one long build-up to the most careful, detailed examination possible of just what the official record, supporting documents, pertinent testimony, and reports from the day actually suggest Cheney and Rumsfeld were up to during a specific period of time that morning. Clearly, testimony from Richard Clarke, Norman Mineta and others openly contradicts what Cheney and the 9/11 Commission Report would have us believe happened. In a gripping, methodically documented chapter, Scott breaks the relevant testimony down thoroughly, statement by statement, to examine what he believes really occurred at the Pentagon that morning. Would it be too much to ask for the mainstream media to do their job and examine why the specific pieces of evidence and testimony Scott outlines in this book were given the widest possible berth by the 9/11 Commission Report authors?

    Elsewhere in THE ROAD TO 9/11, the October Surprise Iran hostage scandal prior to Reagan’s election is carefully dissected. Scott notes how select elements of the upper Republican Party, alongside elements of the intelligence agency community sympathetic to their aims, showed (from the available evidence) a probable willingness to commit treason and endanger American lives for the pursuit of various goals. Scott also carefully links the October Surprise scandal, and Bush Senior’s documented involvement with Saudi arms-dealing, to the eventual assistance provided by Bush Jr’s administration in flying various Bin Laden family members and Saudis out of the US shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Scott describes the event succinctly, noting: “People who have once collaborated secretly in an impeachable if not treasonable offence cannot dispense lightly with their co-conspirators”.

    Midway through the book, Scott provides a very long, detailed recounting of al Qaeda’s use by various covert arms of government as a tool to, among other things, acquire and use illegal drug trade funds. He follows the FBI and CIA’s involvement with terrorist double agents, noting how a lack of congressional oversight has historically led to greater and greater excesses. The infamous `out of control’ BCCI money-laundering operation is examined, along with the mainstream media’s efforts to avoid studying the particular relationship the BCCI (and various Bush/CIA related spook groups) seemingly had in funding and utilising al Qaeda. One comment made here by Scott seems pertinent, and by itself sums up much of the content of his book. “America’s out-of-control entanglements with jihadi Islamists, and particularly with the ISI, underlie the still misunderstood events of 9/11, and the ongoing instability of the U.S. bureacracy and media to report honestly either on what happened that day, or on what these events reveal about the deep structure of U.S global politics.”

    As noted before, Scott’s final chapters dissect the public record and various ‘official’ accounts of the events of the day, with an eye to examining Rumsfeld and, in particular, Cheney’s activities. Over and over in this section, Scott convincingly shows that the public record itself, when analyzed carefully, marks Cheney as a key element of a likely cover-up, and deserving of being questioned under oath in regards to his behavior on the day. It’s evident that, repeatedly, the 9/11 Commission Report really worked overtime to heave the spotlight away from dwelling on just exactly what Cheney and Rumsfeld were up to during a key period of time that morning. Scott’s final chapter puts things in perspective, and offers suggestions and words of encouragement for the future

    There’s much more featured, as I have just cherry picked some central points, but Scott’s powerful, involving analysis of US covert policy and its relationship to the events of 9/11 is a tour-de-force. I’ll also note that, though the book is heavily footnoted and carries a lengthy bibliography, I found it to be more readable and emotionally engaging than some of his earlier works. (There are some thoughtful and appropriate personal touches). It’s worth finally mentioning that Scott cleverly begins each new section of the book with highly appropriate quotes pertaining to the chapter that follows. After reading this book, and thinking quietly for a while about the detailed, disquieting picture it reveals, the most resonant to me was the all-too-relevant comment from onetime US intelligence-linked al Qaeda trainer Ali Mohamed: “Americans see what they want to see, and hear what they want to hear.”~Thorne


  24. “One may conclude that, in the absence of a strong external shock to the United States—a latter-day “Pearl Harbor” of sorts—surmounting the barriers to transformation will likely prove a long, arduous process.”

    ~Andrew Krepinevich, Emerging Threats, Revolutionary Capabilities And Military Transformation. Testimony of Andrew Krepinevich, Executive Director, before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities: March 5, 1999:



  25. By the way, I am glad to see that many of the readership here is clicking references I have put in my commentary. As you will note the references cascade, as many that I offer are to other sources that cite their sources.

    Dig deeply, satisfy yourself as to the veracity of the information.

    And thank you all for visiting my blog, \\][//

  26. “They must find it difficult …. those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” – Gerald Massey

    • It is hardly peculiar that some scientists who have spilled some beans proving the official 9/11 narrative to be false, will suddenly backpedal with some ‘plausible deniability’ and excuses. After all their tenure or livelihood is at stake.

      Going along to get along is a necessity in this regimented society.

  27. https://news.siteintelgroup.com/

    Pro-IS Jihadi Media Group Spearheads Twitter Campaign Promoting Emigration to Join IS
    Jihadist News
    Last Updated: September 15, 2014

    AQIS Leader Incites for Jihad, Expresses Determination to Extend Fighting from Pakistan to Bangladesh, Burma, and India
    Jihadist News
    Last Updated: September 5, 2014

    ‘Asim Umar, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), incited Muslims to participate in jihad, and expressed his group’s determination to extend fighting from Pakistan to Bangladesh, Burma, and India.
    Tags: Jihadist NewsPakistan

    Al-Nusra Front: Breaking al-Qaeda’s Forum Monopoly
    11 Apr 2014 16:15 – SITE
    By Rita Katz and Margaret Foster A recent move by al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria, the al-Nusra Front, illustrates again the [ … ]
    Who is Behind the Islamic State (ISIL) Beheadings? Probing the SITE Intelligence Group

    By James F. Tracy – Global Research, September 15, 2014

    “Since mid-August 2014 major news organizations have conveyed videos allegedly found online by the SITE Intelligence Group.

    The Search for International Terrorist Entities Intelligence Group (SITE) was co-founded by Rita Katz in 2001.

    In 2003 Katz authored a book, Terrorist Hunter: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America, which she published using the pseudonym, “Anonymous.”

    In the book Katz explains how she took on the trappings of a Muslim woman to infiltrate the meetings of radical Muslim terrorists. The plot is unlikely, especially when one considers that such secret fundamentalist gatherings are almost always segregated along gender lines and no woman, however elaborate her costume, would be granted entry without her identity being firmly established.

    SITE Intelligence Group consists of Katz and two “senior advisers,” one of whom is Bruce Hoffman, the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and former director of the RAND’s Washington DC office.”~Tracy

    • It is quite easy to see that the ‘SITE Intelligence Group’ is a Western Intelligence operation to promote ‘Islamic Terrorism’, providing the various subsidiaries with sophisticated Internet presence and organizing their various sites, designs, flags, etc in such a way as to have the biggest psychological impact on western audiences; as well as boost membership in such terror organizations in all cultures.

    • New higher POV … the sounds of the squibs going off. Definitely a worthwhile addition to the video imagery of that day.

      Thanks to Al Whitesands for passing this on.

      • Inside 7 World Trade Center Moments Before Collapse

        This is proof the building was not a burning inferno – and shows that the area NIST says was flaming to take out the column is utter bullshit.

    • Well shame on me… I didn’t look into it deeply enough. Didn’t even notice the flipped face of the building.

      So what does this prove? It certainly doesn’t prove that Bldg7 wasn’t brought down by explosive demolition. No it proves the extent to which the shills will go to to make Truthers appear foolish. And yes, we can be fooled some of the time.

      So fuck me, but fuck this hoaxer harder.
      Thanks to Adam Syed for pointing this out…

  28. Moving back to current events…
    “Mission creep” begins before the mission even begins:

    “Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel that the goal for American advisers is to help Iraqi forces with planning, logistics and coordinating military efforts by coalition partners to take out members of the Islamic State group.

    “To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committees, using an alternative name for the group.

    Pressed during questioning, Dempsey said he “would go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of ground forces.”

    Obama has maintained that American forces will not have a combat mission in Iraq.”
    [So, how many of Obama’s proclamations turned out to be lies? All of them.]



  29. The “Peace Process” never reaching the end, has only one goal as its agenda; the complete and total end of Palestine.~ww
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    Resistance versus Negotiation in Palestine: Fatah is Forcing The Palestinian Presidency to Choose “Peace with Israel”

    By Nicola Nasser – Global Research, September 15, 2014

    “President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement, which he commands, have unleashed a media campaign against Hamas and the resistance. If pressure from the Palestinian public fails to stop the campaign, Abbas may achieve politically what Israel failed to achieve militarily: forcing the Palestinian presidency to choose “peace with Israel ” over national reconciliation.

    It appears that President Abbas has, indeed, prioritised “peace with Israel .” He has devised plans for resuming negotiations, and is still banking on American support for such talks. This is the only explanation for the current anti-Hamas media campaign.

    Abbas sent his negotiators — Saeb Erekat, Majed Faraj and Maen Erekat — to Washington, where they met with US Secretary of State John Kerry a week ago last Wednesday. US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki described the more than two-hour meeting as “constructive”. Abbas then prepared to obtain an Arab mandate, which seems guaranteed in advance, for his plans from the 142nd session of the Arab foreign ministers conference, held in Cairo this week.”~Nicola Nasser



      • Yes “Dirt makes good stories” and this isn’t bad, because it means the reader wants the real skinny.
        “Muckraker” has the sound of the macabre to it, and it often discovers the macabre nature of life, especially to do with elites/psychopaths. Yes elites and psychopaths go together like bread and butter.
        So digging up the dirt on these creatures of pure hubris is a necessity for arriving at practical truths that are too often buried in saccharine bullshit by the Corporatist MSM, the Public Relations Regime for the Power Elite.

        How does a power elite maintain the status quo of their position? By veiling their power by powerful and repetitive PR. Levels of stories like a skyscraper under a rug that only hides the surface. With some distance and perspective these sordid stories are revealed to plain sight.

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Giraud

      aka Moebius

      The Airtight Garage

      Arzach voodoo

      “He’s a unique talent endowed with an extraordinary visionary imagination that’s constantly renewed and never vulgar. Moebius disturbs and consoles. He has the ability to transport us into unknown worlds where we encounter unsettling characters. My admiration for him is total. I consider him a great artist, as great as Picasso and Matisse.”
      ~Federico Fellini


  30. http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/National_Security_State/National...

    “But a brief overview of what we’ve done so far in the interest of “homeland security” makes clear that we have already abandoned several of our “immutable principles” and have already begun to repeat the mistakes of the past.

    Consider first the USA Patriot Act, an omnibus law of 342 pages enacted under in terror threats from Attorney General John Ashcroft, who suggested that if another terrorist incident occurred before Congress passed it, the blame would rest on Congress. The nuts and bolts of the law were worked out in a couple of all-night sessions and approved by large majorities the day they were introduced, even though members could not possibly have read the bill before casting their votes.

    The Patriot Act imposes guilt by association on immigrants, rendering them deportable for wholly innocent nonviolent associational activity on behalf of any organization blacklisted as terrorist by the Secretary of State. Any group of two or more that has used or threatened to use force can be designated as terrorist. This provision in effect resurrects the philosophy of McCarthyism, simply substituting “terrorist” for “communist.” Perhaps not realizing the pun, the Supreme Court has condemned guilt by association as “alien to the traditions of a free society and the First Amendment itself.” Yet it is now the rule for aliens in our free society. […]
    Secrecy has become the order of the day. Criminal proceedings are governed by gag orders–themselves secret–preventing defendants or their lawyers from saying anything to the public about their predicament. The INS has conducted secret immigration proceedings, closed to the public and even to family members. The Patriot Act authorizes never-disclosed wiretaps and secret searches in criminal investigations without probable cause of a crime, the bedrock constitutional predicate for any search. And in a federal court of appeals in Miami in November, the government renewed its defense of the use of secret evidence in immigration proceedings, arguing that it needs the authority more than ever after September 11 to detain aliens by using evidence they cannot confront or rebut.”~David Cole

    This article appeared in the December 17, 2001 edition of The Nation. Since that time the situation has worsened exponentially, to the point of open despotism phrased in saccharine rhetorical sophistry.


  31. T&S is a ghost town these days…
    Guess the gold rush is over.

    “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”~George Bernard Shaw
    {Anna Janska, 1917}

  32. “Psychologists are amateurs at conceptual refinement and debate..”~Roy F. Baumeister
    [‘Free Will in Scientific Psychology’ – pg 15-16]

  33. I need no fancy script on a paper with a foil stamp and ribbons. All I need are reasonable persuasive arguments. So fuck academia.

  34. Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — After registering slightly higher trust last year, Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%. Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.


  35. To Take The Romance From The Philosopher’s Stone
    By Willy Whitten – December 11, 2012

    The very first thing to consider when one reads or hears the title of the manuscript known as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, is that this protocol has nothing whatsoever to do with Judaism but to cloak itself from what it is in naked relief underneath – psychopathic lust for political power. It is a grimoire of megalomania, the authors are worshipers of mammon, and they hold themselves up as gods. The combination is a mix of breed and creed, neither Jewish, Christian, Muslim or any other religious faith. Even attempts to characterize them as literal ‘Satanists’ is a misconception, they care nothing for anything but power and the wealth it brings. They are immoral, so Christians consider them ‘Satan Worshipers’. It is the Christians who believe in Satan, not this power elite. So they leak out fraudulent garbage to further the myths and hang up researchers in endless details of fantastical intrigue – the stuff of comic books.

    comic book stuff

    The most predictable thing results in this; hangers on, wannabe’s and charlatans take up such nonsense and propagate it to appear important. And those who are successful to a point to get noticed and receive promotion and often financing from the mid level oligarchy that understands the importance of PR, and propaganda in perception manipulation. It is a veritable industry and the symbolism is cleverly used in logos and advertising to further the mythology. Everybody climbs aboard because it is hip, cool, “fraught with meaning.” Art directors, movie execs, science fiction authors, comic artists, fashion designers, and wanna be vampires, parade the charade.

    And the Elite laugh all their way to their banks and estates. Some of this iconography is even done in fine arts, and the Elites may own and promote these tools as well. Some of the blue blood youth of these Elites may see it as a romantic persona for a time – until they are tapped for responsibilities. The “All Seeing Eye of Horus” is put on the shelf and real business is attended to.

    Another thing to remember that much of this symbolism is secular and has meant different things to different philosophies throughout the centuries. The Romantic period of art, and sculpture, and architecture adopted many symbols and myths from classical Egyptian and Roman motifs, as an appreciation of technique and craft as well as subject. The fanatical “Christian” view of all of this as having to do with the devil is again, psychological projection on their part. The artists and philosophers of that era related to an entirely different paradigm, one breaking the trail for an expression of their ideals of Liberty, Justice, and Reason.

    These Ideals themselves were then co-opted by the powers that be, the chic and popular thing of the day, and it’s rhetoric taken and spun for their own means. And as this movement in the minds of men, educated in greater numbers than any generation yet began to discover that Liberty was the rightful and natural state of the human being, the Elites became more determined to steal their thunder, and this is where and when the of the penning of the most referenced form of these Protocols, which had been around evolving through the ages, took shape this is the version penned by Weishaupt, the Illuminati version. This version evolved further with reference to technological advances by the early 1900s.

    As an age of information developed, it was more difficult to remain behind the scenes, since their operations affect all of commerce, so distractions became more important, and were developed accordingly. Control of general education became a primary goal. If there was to be education, and that was quickly becoming a given, then they had to have a great influence upon it. Their interests are opposed to the general interest in the most extreme manner. The general population must not be allowed to comprehend this. This is why philanthropy became such and important cloak, and the “Humanities” had to be understood as their bastion of high moral fortitude in the eyes of the common people. Yes “the devil” is a liar and a tempter, and so are they, but it is a technique of the soulless, not those who believe in a supernatural power or force. They have no faith in anything but their own cunning. But they are not atheists, all humans have a belief system of some form or another, it is an epistemic necessity. This deep faux “Zionism” is far from agnostic – they believe themselves to be materially divine. After all they reason they are the puppet masters of the world. What else can divinity mean but that?

    A more complex understanding of this will come in a later chapter, for the creed does have its beginnings in the Babylonian Talmud and the Kaballah, but these are not strictly Judaic either, having Babylonian, Canaanite and Egyptian roots in them as well as the Levites, a rejected tribe of the true Israelites, and their Torah.



    Who needs conspiracy theory when we live in such an obvious odious police state? The police are fricking storm troopers for Christsake…can’t you believe your own eyes?

    Electrocution on the spot isn’t draconian? What? Is your memory only about a sound bite long? Yup…stupefied TVZombies doing the sieg heil follies, skating through Saint Petro’s Carnival. Scatological tubular lollipops as rectal probes at the homeland airport—and YOU think the ‘Tearists’ are gonna take your freedom away? Holy bimbo squat diddle.

    But seriously folks…where are the serious folks?

    Recorded Future: the panoptic maximum security state encouraging the ‘forbidden diary’ of Winston Smith; a twist on the Catholic ‘confessional’.
    We write our own dossiers on forums, Facebook, through emails. Twitter, web searches, etc.
    “The Revolution” is a prefabricated model intended for manipulation. “Tea Party” as an example. Wikileaks as provocateur. “Bla bla bla” as central casting dialog. Everybody sings along ’cause everybody knows this song.

    Yea…I’ve had a belly full a smelly full of twisted fisted screaming sometimes not dreaming but I saw her turn and nod like a pod on a bean stalk winking a simmering shimmering sometimes glimmering blue eye like she was saying follow me which I did ‘tho I hid at he corners where she would turn around to be sure I was bound on her course of course on horse trodden ground where the hound bugled at the sound of the winky wanky voyeur.

    And you can see this crap on Disnoid channel now. WTF? Mickey’s lingum and Minnie’s yani in rainbow colored diapers not even drawn in cyphers. Let it all hang out. My country tis of the thee devoid of sympathy of thee I sing. Land where the injuns died pumped full of pilgrims pride on every mountain side let the strip mines slide. Yes, hail to victory.

    But of course, I don’t mean it in a mean way…just a rigid rigimortus right arm salute to the leader of the club that’s made for you and me.

    So the world wide web is apparently some sort of alien demiurge dreamcatcher made out of sticky string theory. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, ‘cept for deep inside…gotcher prayer beads? “numb yummy ringo’s coy”? [that’s Nishran’s shitzu] Gotcher Bibles? Bogey @ 12:22?

    All I can say is, “bring on the donkey”.

    Nothing to see here folks, move along.


  37. Forensic Science:
    Motive, Means and Opportunity, Modus Operandi [signature characteristics], Cui Bono. Facts of the Case are put to a deductive analysis, building to Ultimate Fact as adduced by such analysis. The standard set for Ultimate Fact is Beyond Reasonable Doubt.

  38. Numerology
    Not to be confused with number theory.
    Numerology is any belief in divine, mystical or other special relationship between a number and some coinciding events. It has many systems and traditions and beliefs. Numerology and numerological divination by systems such as isopsephy were popular among early mathematicians, but are no longer considered part of mathematics and are regarded as pseudomathematics or pseudoscience by modern scientists.[1][2][3]

    Today, numerology is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar divinatory arts and voodoo rituals.[4]

  39. Gastromancy
    Gas`tro`man´cy. n. 1. (Antiq.) A kind of divination, by means of words seemingly uttered from the stomach. gastromancy. 2. divination by the taste of ones burps or the flavor of ones farts. 3. gut feelings.

    • “Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels”~Francisco de Goya



  40. The History of ISIS Beheadings:
    “The recent beheadings of three Westerners, Foley, Sotloff and Haines, at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) has sparked a wave of indignation and strong condemnation by Western heads of state.

    For anyone aware of what has been truly going on in Syria from the outset of the war in March 2011, there is something unusual in these strong statements, which are now the object of a wave of “humanitarian bombings” under a counter-terrorism mandate directed against the Islamic State.

    Lest we forget, from the outset of the war on Syria in March 2011, the US and its allies supported so-called “Freedom fighters” largely composed of the Al Nusrah and ISIS brigades. Trained in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, these pro-democracy terrorists were routinely involved in atrocities including beheadings directed against Syrian civilians.
    These recent beheadings of American and British nationals, whether authentic or not, are obviously exploited to pave the way for a military intervention in Syria. This is a basic propaganda technique used time and time again to gather support for war and the mainstream media is there to convey this propaganda.

    The mainstream media’s role is not to inform people but to appeal to their emotions and manipulate them into approving what they would otherwise refuse.”
    ~Julie Lévesque – Global Research, September 19, 2014



    • “An appeal to fear (also called argumentum ad metum or argumentum in terrorem) is a fallacy in which a person attempts to create support for an idea by using deception and propaganda in attempts to increase fear and prejudice toward a competitor. The appeal to fear is common in marketing and politics. (Wikipedia)

      The appeal to emotions, or argumentum ad passiones is a logical fallacy which uses the manipulation of the recipient’s emotions, rather than valid logic, to win an argument.” (Wikipedia)

      If this technique is used rather than valid arguments, it’s in part because it always works like a charm and this is what the mainstream media is for, but also because the “valid arguments” which could be used to intervene could only be lies and easily refuted, as this article will attempt to demonstrate.”~Julie Lévesque

      (scare tactics)

  41. “As “Operation Mocking Bird” has documented, journalism is the best cover for an intelligence operative. Several former CIA officers have confirmed that it is used to plant stories that are picked up by news outlets as facts when they actually are propaganda pieces (see CIA Manipulation: The Painful Truths Told by Phil Agee and John Stockwell about false reports generated by the CIA). The DC based “producer” of the terror videos, SITE, with its close links to the Pentagon and the FBI, is also suspicious and tends to point to a major propaganda stunt originating in the US.”~Lévesque

    • MOCKINGBIRD: The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA

      “You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” – CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories. “Katherine The Great,” by Deborah Davis (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991)

      “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” — William Colby, former CIA Director, cited by Dave Mcgowan, Derailing Democracy

      “There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.” — William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, briefing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein

      “The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.” — The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein
      “Senator William Proxmire has pegged the number of employees of the federal intelligence community at 148,000 … though Proxmire’s number is itself a conservative one. The “intelligence community” is officially defined as including only those organizations that are members of the U.S. Intelligence Board (USIB); a dozen other agencies, charged with both foreign and domestic intelligence chores, are not encompassed by the term…. The number of intelligence workers employed by the federal government is not 148,000, but some undetermined multiple of that number.” — Jim Hougan, Spooks

      “For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government…. I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations.” –former President Harry Truman, 22 December 1963, one month after the JFK assassination, op-ed section of the Washington Post, early edition


  42. Tales from the Crypt

    The Depraved Spies and Moguls of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD

    by Alex Constantine

    Who Controls the Media?

    Soulless corporations do, of course. Corporations with grinning, double-breasted executives, interlocking directorates, labor squabbles and flying capital. Dow. General Electric. Coca-Cola. Disney. Newspapers should have mastheads that mirror the world: The Westinghouse Evening Scimitar, The Atlantic-Richfield Intelligentser . It is beginning to dawn on a growing number of armchair ombudsmen that the public print reports news from a parallel universe – one that has never heard of politically-motivated assassinations, CIA-Mafia banking thefts, mind control, death squads or even federal agencies with secret budgets fattened by cocaine sales – a place overrun by lone gunmen, where the CIA and Mafia are usually on their best behavior. In this idyllic land, the most serious infraction an official can commit __is a the employment of a domestic servant with (shudder) no residency status.

    This unlikely land of enchantment is the creation of MOCKINGBIRD.

    It was conceived in the late 1940s, the most frigid period of the cold war, when the CIA began a systematic infiltration of the corporate media, a process that often included direct takeover of major news outlets.

    In this period, the American intelligence services competed with communist activists abroad to influence European labor unions. With or without the cooperation of local governments, Frank Wisner, an undercover State Department official assigned to the Foreign Service, rounded up students abroad to enter the cold war underground of covert operations on behalf of his Office of Policy Coordination. Philip Graham, __a graduate of the Army Intelligence School in Harrisburg, PA, then publisher of the Washington Post., was taken under Wisner’s wing to direct the program code-named Operation MOCKINGBIRD.

    “By the early 1950s,” writes formerVillage Voice reporter Deborah Davis in Katharine the Great, “Wisner ‘owned’ respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus stringers, four to six hundred in all, according to a former CIA analyst.” The network was overseen by Allen Dulles, a templar for German and American corporations who wanted their points of view represented in the public print. Early MOCKINGBIRD influenced 25 newspapers and wire agencies consenting to act as organs of CIA propaganda. Many of these were already run by men with reactionary views, among them William Paley (CBS), C.D. Jackson (Fortune), Henry Luce (Time) and Arthur Hays Sulzberger (N.Y. Times).

    Activists curious about the workings of MOCKINGBIRD have since been appalled to f__ind in FOIA documents that agents boasting in CIA office memos of their pride in having placed “important assets” inside every major news publication in the country. It was not until 1982 that the Agency openly admitted that reporters on the CIA payroll have acted as case officers to agents in the field.

    “World War III has begun,” Henry’s Luce’s Life declared in March, 1947. “It is in the opening skirmish stage already.” The issue featured an excerpt of a book by James Burnham, who called for the creation of an “American Empire,” “world-dominating in political power, set up at least in part through coercion (probably including war, but certainly the threat of war) and in which one group of people … would hold more than its equal share of power.”

    George Seldes, the famed anti-fascist media critic, drew down on Luce in 1947, explaining tha__t “although avoiding typical Hitlerian phrases, the same doctrine of a superior people taking over the world and ruling it, began to appear in the press, whereas the organs of Wall Street were much more honest in favoring a doctrine inevitably leading to war if it brought greater commercial markets under the American flag.”

    On the domestic front, an abiding relationship was struck between the CIA and William Paley, a wartime colonel and the founder of CBS. A firm believer in “all forms of propaganda” to foster loyalty to the Pentagon, Paley hired CIA agents to work undercover at the behest of his close friend, the busy grey eminence of the nation’s media, Allen Dulles. Paley’s designated go-between in his dealings with the CIA was Sig Mickelson, president of CBS News from 1954 to 1961.

    The CIA’s assimilation of old guard fascists was overseen by the Operations Coordination Board, directed by C.D. Jackson, formerly an executive of Time magazine and Eisenhower’s Special Assistant for Cold War Strategy. In 1954 he was succeeded by Nelson Rockefeller, who quit a year later, disgusted at the administration’s political infighting. Vice President Nixon succeeded Rockefeller as the key cold war strategist.

    “Nixon,” writes John Loftus, a former attorney for the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, took “a small boy’s delight in the arcane tools of the intelligence craft – the hidden microphones, the ‘black’ propaganda.” Nixon especially enjoyed his visit to a Virginia training camp to observe Nazis in the “special forces” drilling at covert operations.

    One of the fugitives recruited by the American intelligence underground was heroin smuggler Hubert von Bl�cher, the son of A German ambassador. Hubert often bragged that that he was trained by the Abwehr, the German military intelligence division, while still a civilian in his twenties. He served in a recon unit of the German Army until forced out for medical reasons in 1944, according to his wartime records. He worked briefly as an assistant director for Berlin-Film on a movie entitled One Day …, and finished out the war flying with the Luftwaffe, but not to engage the enemy – his mission was the smuggling of Nazi loot out of the country. His exploits were, in part, the subject of Sayer and Botting’s Nazi Gold, an account of the knockover of the Reichsbank at the end of the war.

    In 1948 he flew the coop to Argentina. Posing as a photographer named Huberto von Bleucher Corell, he immediately paid court to Eva Peron, presenting her with an invaluable Gobelin tapestry (a selection from the wealth of artifacts confiscated by the SS from Europe’s Jews?). Hubert then met with Martin Bormann at the Hotel Plaza to deliver German marks worth $80 million. The loot financed the birth of the National Socialist Party in Argentina, among other forms of Nazi revival.

    In 1951, Hubert migrated northward and took a job at the Color Corporation of America in Hollywood. He eked out a living writing scripts for the booming movie industry. His voice can be heard on a film set in the Amazon, produced by Walt Disney. Nine years later he returned to Buenos Aires, then D�sseldorf, West Germany, and established a firm that developed not movie scripts, but anti-chemical warfare agents for the government. At the Industrie Club in D�sseldorf in 1982, von Bl�cher boasted to journalists, “I am chief shareholder of Pan American Airways. I am the best friend of Howard Hughes. The Beach Hotel in Las Vegas is 45 percent financed by me. I am thus the biggest financier ever to appear in the Arabian Nights tales dreamed up by these people over their second bottle of brandy.”

    Not really. Two the biggest financiers to stumble from the drunken dreams of world-moving affluence were, in their time, Moses Annenberg, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and his son Walter , the CIA/mob-anchored publisher of the TV Guide. Like most American high-rollers, Annenberg lived a double life. Moses, his father, was a scion of the Capone mob. Both Moses and Walter were indicted in 1939 for tax evasions totalling many millions of dollars – the biggest case in the history of the Justice Department. Moses pled guilty and agreed to pay the government $8 million and settle $9 million in assorted tax claims, penalties and interest debts. Moses received a three-year sentence. He died in Lewisburg Penitentiary.

    Walter Annenbeg, the TV Guide magnate, was a lofty Republican. On the campaign trail in April, 1988, George Bush flew into Los Angeles to woo Reagan’s kitchen cabinet. “This is the topping on the cake,” Bush’s regional campaign director told the Los Angeles Times. The Bush team met at Annenberg’s plush Rancho Mirage estate at Sunnylands, California. It was at the Annenberg mansion that Nixon’s cabinet was chosen, and the state’s social and contributor registers built over a quarter-century of state political dominance by Ronald Reagan, whose acting career was launched by Operation MOCKINGBIRD.

    The commercialization of television, coinciding with Reagan’s recruitment by the Crusade for Freedom, a CIA front, presented the intelligence world with unprecedented potential for sowing propaganda and even prying in the age of Big Brother. George Orwell glimpsed the possibilities when he installed omniscient video surveillance technology in 1948, a novel rechristened 1984 for the first edition published in the U.S. by Harcourt, Brace. Operation Octopus, according to federal files, was in full swing by 1948, a surveillance program that turned any television set with tubes into a broadcast transmitter. Agents of Octopus could pick up audio and visual images with the equipment as far as 25 miles away.

    Hale Boggs was investigating Operation Octopus at the time of his disappearance in the midst of the Watergate probe.

    In 1952, at MCA, Actors’ Guild president Ronald Reagan – a screen idol recruited by MOCKINGBIRD’s Crusade for Freedom to raise funds for the resettlement of Nazis in the U.S., according to Loftus – signed a secret waiver of the conflict-of-interest rule with the mob-controlled studio, in effect granting it a labor monopoly on early television programming. In exchange, MCA made Reagan a part owner. Furthermore, historian C. Vann Woodward, writing in the New York Times, in 1987, reported that Reagan had “fed the names of suspect people in his organization to the FBI secretly and regularly enough to be assigned ‘an informer’s code number, T-10.’ His FBI file indicates intense collaboration with producers to ‘purge’ the industry of subversives.”

    No one ever turned a suspicious eye on Walter Cronkite, a former intelligence officer and in the immediate postwar period UPI’s Moscow correspondent. Cronkite was lured to CBS by Operation MOCKINGBIRD’s Phil Graham, according to Deborah Davis.

    Another television conglomerate, Cap Cities, rose like a horror-film simian from CIA and Mafia heroin operations. Among other organized-crime Republicans, Thomas Dewey and his neighbor Lowell Thomas threw in to launch the infamous Resorts International, the corporate front for Lansky’s branch of the federally-sponsored mob family and the corporate precursor to Cap Cities. Another of the investors was James Crosby, a Cap Cities executive who donated $100,000 to Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign. This was the year that Resorts bought into Atlantic City casino interests. Police in New jersey attempted, with no success, to spike the issuance of a gambling license to the company, citing Mafia ties.

    In 1954, this same circle of investors, all Catholics, founded the broadcasting company notorious for overt propagandizing and general spookiness. The company’s chief counsel was OSS veteran William Casey, who clung to his shares by concealing them in a blind trust even after he was appointed CIA director by Ronald Reagan in 1981.

    “Black radio” was the phrase CIA critic David Wise coined in The Invisible Government to describe the agency’s intertwining interests in the emergence of the transistor radio with the entrepreneurs who took to the airwaves. “Daily, East and West beam hundreds of propaganda broadcasts at each other in an unrelenting babble of competition for the minds of their listeners. The low-price transistor has given the hidden war a new importance,” enthused one foreign correspondent.

    A Hydra of private foundations sprang up to finance the propaganda push. One of them, Operations and Policy Research, Inc. (OPR), received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the CIA through private foundations and trusts. OPR research was the basis of a television series that aired in New York and Washington, D.C. in 1964, Of People and Politics, a “study” of the American political system in 21 weekly installments.

    In Hollywood, the visual cortex of The Beast, the same CIA/Mafia combination that formed Cap Cities sank its claws into the film studios and labor unions. Johnny Rosselli was pulled out of the Army during the war by a criminal investigation of Chicago mobsters in the film industry. Rosselli, a CIA asset probably assassinated by the CIA, played sidekick to Harry Cohn, the Columbia Pictures mogul who visited Italy’s Benito Mussolini in 1933, and upon his return to Hollywood remodeled his office after the dictator’s. The only honest job Rosselli ever had was assistant purchasing agent (and a secret investor) at Eagle Lion productions, run by Bryan Foy, a former producer for 20th Century Fox. Rosselli, Capone’s representative on the West Coast, passed a small fortune in mafia investments to Cohn. Bugsy Seigel pooled gambling investments with Billy Wilkerson, publisher of the Hollywood Reporter.

    In the 1950s, outlays for global propaganda climbed to a full third of the CIA’s covert operations budget. Some 3, 000 salaried and contract CIA employees were eventually engaged in propaganda efforts. The cost of disinforming the world cost American taxpayers an estimated $265 million a year by 1978, a budget larger than the combined expenditures of Reuters, UPI and the AP news syndicates.

    In 1977, the Copely News Service admitted that it worked closely with the intelligence services – in fact, 23 employees were full-time employees of the Agency.

    Most consumers of the corporate media were – and are – unaware of the effect that the salting of public opinion has on their own beliefs. A network anchorman in time of national crisis is an instrument of psychological warfare in the MOCKINGBIRD media. He is a creature from the national security sector’s chamber of horrors. For this reason consumers of the corporate press have reason to examine their basic beliefs about government and life in the parallel universe of these United States.”


  43. In Concert

    “The largely anonymous men who control the syndicate and wire service copy desks and the central wire photo machines determine at a single decision what millions will see and hear. …there seems to be little doubt that these gatekeepers preside over an operation in which an appalling amount of press agentry sneaks in the back door of American journalism and marches untouched out the front door as ‘news'”
    ~former Post Ombudsman Ben Bagdikian


  44. The Benevolent Protective Order of Coincidence Theorists*

    Julian C. Holmes was born in 1930 and received his A.B. in physics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in 1951. He joined Charles Y. Johnson at the NRL in 1956 as a Physicist. Holmes and his associates pursued wrongdoing in both federal and local government; several targets of their investigations were eventually convicted of federal crimes. Holmes has appeared before numerous grand juries, and in testimony before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, he and colleague Marian Agnew asked that the Senate protect the right of citizens to request appearance before federal grand juries — a right that was threatened by an ultimately unsuccessful proposal to abolish it.

    *Satirical title for the news cartel by Holmes

  45. Conspiring together is a fundamental aspect of human existence; making plans and working towards private and secretive agendas is simply what people do. It is incredibly stupid that anyone could deny something so obvious – those suffering such denial have to be indoctrinated by persistent and ongoing programming generation after generation. And it is certainly no “theory” that such propaganda and conditioning has been at the core of social engineering since the Industrial Revolution.

    Cognitive impairment is the whole purpose of the Public Relations Regime.

    Defamation of so-called “Conspiracy Theory” is based on utter and completely irrational and preposterous propositions.

  46. Richard M. Dolan studied at Alfred University and Oxford University before completing his graduate work in history at the University of Rochester, where he was a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship. Dolan studied U.S. Cold War strategy, Soviet history and culture, and international diplomacy. He has written about “conspiracy” in the following way:
    . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    “The very label [conspiracy] serves as an automatic dismissal, as though no one ever acts in secret. Let us bring some perspective and common sense to this issue.

    The United States comprises large organizations – corporations, bureaucracies, “interest groups,” and the like – which are conspiratorial by nature. That is, they are hierarchical, their important decisions are made in secret by a few key decision-makers, and they are not above lying about their activities. Such is the nature of organizational behavior. “Conspiracy,” in this key sense, is a way of life around the globe.

    Within the world’s military and intelligence apparatuses, this tendency is magnified to the greatest extreme. During the 1940s, […] the military and its scientists developed the world’s most awesome weapons in complete secrecy… […]

    Anyone who has lived in a repressive society knows that official manipulation of the truth occurs daily. But societies have their many and their few. In all times and all places, it is the few who rule, and the few who exert dominant influence over what we may call official culture. – All elites take care to manipulate public information to maintain existing structures of power. It’s an old game.

    America is nominally a republic and free society, but in reality an empire and oligarchy, vaguely aware of its own oppression, within and without. I have used the term “national security state” to describe its structures of power. It is a convenient way to express the military and intelligence communities, as well as the worlds that feed upon them, such as defense contractors and other underground, nebulous entities. Its fundamental traits are secrecy, wealth, independence, power, and duplicity.

    Nearly everything of significance undertaken by America’s military and intelligence community in the past half-century has occurred in secrecy. The undertaking to build an atomic weapon, better known as the Manhattan Project, remains the great model for all subsequent activities. For more than two years, not a single member of Congress even knew about it although its final cost exceeded two billion dollars.

    During and after the Second World War, other important projects, such as the development of biological weapons, the importation of Nazi scientists, terminal mind-control experiments, nationwide interception of mail and cable transmissions of an unwitting populace, infiltration of the media and universities, secret coups, secret wars, and assassinations all took place far removed not only from the American public, but from most members of Congress and a few presidents. Indeed, several of the most powerful intelligence agencies were themselves established in secrecy, unknown by the public or Congress for many years.

    Since the 1940s, the US Defense and Intelligence establishment has had more money at its disposal than most nations. In addition to official dollars, much of the money is undocumented. From its beginning, the CIA was engaged in a variety of off-the-record “business” activities that generated large sums of cash. The connections of the CIA with global organized crime (and thus de facto with the international narcotics trade) has been well established and documented for many years. – Much of the original money to run the American intelligence community came from very wealthy and established American families, who have long maintained an interest in funding national security operations important to their interests.

    In theory, civilian oversight exists over the US national security establishment. The president is the military commander-in-chief. Congress has official oversight over the CIA. The FBI must answer to the Justice Department. In practice, little of this applies. One reason has to do with secrecy. […]

    A chilling example of such independence occurred during the 1950s, when President Eisenhower effectively lost control of the US nuclear arsenal. The situation deteriorated so much that during his final two years in office, Eisenhower asked repeatedly for an audience with the head of Strategic Air Command to learn what America’s nuclear retaliatory plan was. What he finally learned in 1960, his final year in office, horrified him: half of the Northern Hemisphere would be obliterated.

    If a revered military hero such as Eisenhower could not control America’s nuclear arsenal, nor get a straight answer from the Pentagon, how on earth could Presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, or Nixon regarding comparable matters?

    Secrecy, wealth and independence add up to power. Through the years, the national security state has gained access to the world’s most sophisticated technology sealed off millions of acres of land from public access or scrutiny, acquired unlimited snooping ability within US borders and beyond, conducted overt or clandestine actions against other nations, and prosecuted wars without serious media scrutiny. Domestically, it maintains influence over elected officials and communities hoping for some of the billions of defense dollars. [including scientists, universities, etc.]

    Deception is the key element of warfare, and when winning is all that matters, the conventional morality held by ordinary people becomes an impediment. When taken together, the examples of official duplicity form a nearly single totality. They include such choice morsels as the phony war crisis of 1948, the fabricated missile gap claimed by the air force during the 1950s, the carefully managed events leading to the Gulf of Tonkin resolution… […]

    The secrecy stems from a pervasive and fundamental element of life in our world, that those who are at the top of the heap will always take whatever steps are necessary to maintain the status quo.

    [S]keptics often ask, “Do you really think the government could hide [anything] for so long?” The question itself reflects ignorance of the reality that secrecy is a way of life in the National Security State. Actually though, the answer is yes, and no.

    Yes, in that cover-ups are standard operating procedure, frequently unknown to the public for decades, becoming public knowledge by a mere roll of the dice. But also no, in that … information has leaked out from the very beginning. It is impossible to shut the lid completely. The key lies in neutralizing and discrediting unwelcome information, sometimes through official denial, other times through proxies in the media.

    Evidence of conspiracy derived from a grass roots level is unlikely to survive its inevitable conflict with official culture. And acknowledgement about the reality of conspiracies will only occur when the official culture deems it worthwhile or necessary to make it. [Don’t hold your breath.]

    This is a widespread phenomenon affecting many people, generating high levels of interest, taking place in near-complete secrecy, for purposes unknown, by agencies unknown, with access to incredible resources and technology. A sobering thought and cause for reflection.” ~Richard Dolan



  47. National Security State

    “In 1972, Helms appeared before Congress for a confirmation hearing and was asked about CIA involvement in Chile. Helms lied, falsely telling Congress under oath that the CIA had done nothing to help Chilean opponents of Allende.

    In 1975, the Church Committee discovered the truth about the CIA’s massive covert involvement in Chilean affairs with the intent of preventing Allende’s rise to power. Helms had been caught in flat-out perjury, much as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper would be some 40 years later.

    Unlike Clapper, however, Helms was not given a complete pass. He was indicted for perjury.

    Helms’ defense goes a long way in explaining the powerful role that the CIA plays in America’s governmental structure and the mindset that guides CIA officials.

    Helms said that he had no choice but to lie to Congress because of the oath that he had taken at the CIA to keep CIA matters secret.

    But there is obviously something wrong with that picture. If the CIA had wanted to, it could have made its oath subject and subordinate to sworn testimony before Congress. Or when Helms went to work for the CIA, he could have made it clear that when he took the oath, it would be subject to any sworn testimony he might have to give before Congress.

    But the way the CIA saw it, its oath of secrecy was superior to sworn testimony before Congress. The CIA’s mindset and oath reveal how the CIA views itself as superior and dominate to Congress, which consists of the American people’s elected representatives.
    By the time Helms was convicted, the U.S. national-security state had achieved its goal of ousting Allende from power through a violent military coup, an overall process that entailed the kidnapping, rapes, torture, assassination, and murder of two American citizens, Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi, Chilean Gen. Rene Schneider, and tens of thousands of innocent Chileans — that is Chileans who were guilty of doing nothing worse than believing in socialism or communism or participating in their country’s political process by supporting their duly elected president.

    To this day — 41 years after the Chilean coup — the CIA still refuses to release all its files and records relating to the Chilean coup to the American people on grounds of “national security.” Unfortunately, the CIA has grown too powerful within America’s governmental structure for Congress, the federal courts, or the media to do anything about that secrecy.”~Jacob G. Hornberger



    • An oath of secrecy to an agency which is in opposition to the oath taken to obey and defend the Constitution of the United States is ultra vires, and pro forma treason.

      Evil Witch of the North
      “When the prison doors are opened, the real dragon will fly out.” -Ho Chi Minh”


    by Jacob G. Hornberger – September 11, 2014

    “Today marks the 41st anniversary of the military coup in Chile, a coup in which Chilean military personnel under the command of Army General Augusto Pinochet brutally raped or tortured some 40,000 innocent people and murdered more than 3,000 innocent people.

    I use the term “innocent” in the sense that the victims had not committed any genuine crimes. Their only “crime”—and Pinochet and his henchmen believed it was a crime–was that the victims believed in communism or socialism or had supported the democratically elected regime of Salvador Allende, who himself was a believer in communism and socialism.

    Did Pinochet accord any of these people judicial trials, in which they were formally accused of being communists, socialists, or supporters of the Allende administration?

    No, he did not. He didn’t feel that trials were necessary. As far as Pinochet and his military were concerned, this wasn’t a criminal-justice problem. For them, this was a war against communism. People could trust the military to ferret out the communists and the socialists and deal with them accordingly.”
    . . . . . . . . . .
    September 11, 1973 to September 11, 2001, and the National Security State, now rebranded as the Homeland Security State, has taken the same position; that “terrorism” like “communism” is not a criminal-justice problem. For them, this is a war against terrorism. The continuity of this criminal mindset of the agents of the elite oligarchy moves forward without a conscious pause into the perpetual utter madness of a psychopathic society

  49. It is incorrect to posit that ‘circumstantial evidence’ is not ‘direct evidence’ in legal terms, as evidence proving a circumstance and a situation is as applicable as any physical evidence as per legal reasoning. Just as unimpeachable ‘eye witness testimony’ is not ‘physical evidence’, unimpeachable circumstantial evidence is acceptable in all sane and lawful legal proceedings.

    Now the ‘sanity’ of US legal proceedings is highly doubtful for entirely different reasons in the modern architecture of political power – which is a topic unto itself.



  50. Countering Propagandists

    I have spent a fair amount of time in argument with Coincidence Theorists. I often find it very much like trying to communicate with an autistic child. When I offer information, they do not even attempt to grasp it, but instead scan over the comment I have made and get an “impression” of the post, and various words that they take out of context. And then they make a comeback against their own impression. This is the classic definition of a ‘straw man argument’.

    Then, if you point that out, that they are using the fallacious straw-man, they will make some lame argument that you don’t “understand the meaning of a ‘straw-man argument’, and thus begins a carousel of circular reasoning and added logical fallacies as the gyre continues.

    And the whole escapade is part of the technique of turning a discussion into a swirling cesspool of meaningless bullshit. That is the ultimate intent of the agitprop agent.

    By staying on the case one is laying out, and not falling for the taunts – but pointing out each tactic used; it is possible to position the agent into an inevitable dunce position, facing the corner with a pointed cap on their head.

  51. The Tower Of Babel Comes To Paris: The Folly Of Obama’s “War” On ISIS

    Submitted by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog,

    US imperialism was once a fearsome force – mainly for ill. Under the latter heading, Washington’s savage destruction of Vietnam four decades ago comes readily to mind. But now the American Imperium has become just a gong show on the Potomac – even as its weapons have gotten more lethal and its purposes more spurious and convoluted.
    There is no more conspicuous proof than Obama’s quixotic “war” on ISIS.

    What is left in the ancient land of Mesopotamia is only what was there before the last European empires still standing in 1916 drew lines on a map and declared it a nation – that is, sectarian enclaves and obstreperous militia that are more than able to defend their own territories, but do not want to be rescued by the Washington war machine.

    And that’s why the chirping cherubs on the CNN War Channel get it so wrong night after night. They are pleased to report that Washington’s allies in Baghdad and Erbil have answered Obama’s call to arms, but have not figured out that this has nothing to do with degrading or defeating ISIS.

    And that points to the final folly of Obama’s war on ISIS. A band of medievalist butchers has seized power in the Sunni uplands of the Euphrates river because for 20 years Washington has been on the wrong side of the Islamic religious divide. It has consistently opposed secularizing Arab regimes in Iraq and Syria while coddling the nursemaids and bursars of Sunni fanaticism—the octogenarian gluttons and Wahhabi tyrants who occupy the throne in Riyadh.

    In the hindsight of history it might well be asked what was Saddam’s offense – surely he was no more autocratic and barbarous than the regime in Saudi Arabia. During the last month alone the latter has accomplished 23 beheadings and, as a matter of general policy, it suppresses internal dissent with ruthless brutality and enforces barbaric medieval religious practices like stoning alleged adulteresses.


  52. Anglo-Amerika–Israel–Saudi Arabia: The 21st Century British Raj
    Record Beheadings and the Mass Arrest of Christians – Is it ISIS? No it’s Saudi Arabia
    In the past month, a group of radical Islamic extremists based in the Middle East beheaded at least 23 people and enforced a ban on Christianity by arresting a group of people for practicing the faith in a private home.

    No, I’m not talking about ISIS. The real culprit is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the America’s closest global allies.
    Michael Krieger | Posted Monday Sep 15, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Saudi Arabia is a key ally of the United States and European countries. The US did not publicly criticize any Saudi human rights violations except through annual reports. Some members of the US Congress have expressed skepticism about Saudi’s policy priorities. The US concluded a $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, its largest anywhere to date.







  53. America Created Al-Qaeda and ISIS

    “The US economy will finally collapse by the year 2020 under the strain of multiple engagements in numerous places, making the worldwide economic system which is dependent on the U.S. also collapse leading to global political instability, which in turn leads to a global jihad led by al-Qaeda and a Wahhabi Caliphate will then be installed across the world following the collapse of the U.S. and the rest of the Western world countries.”~Saif al-Adel

    In 2007, following a series of patently fake Osama bin Laden videos, we reported on SITE’s relationship with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. The former dean of SAIS is Paul Wolfowitz, the former Deputy Secretary of Defense during the Bush administration. Wolfowitz is a key neocon and the architect of the so-called Bush Doctrine. Along with fellow neocons Richard Perle, Douglas Feith (who ran the Iraq war propaganda machine), David Wurmser and others in the Pentagon and the administration, neocon insiders advanced the principles of the “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm” document prepared in 1996 by a study group led by Perle for Benjamin Netanyahu, at the time Prime Minister of Israel. “The document created by the Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000 called for overthrowing Saddam Hussein and waging a proxy war against al-Assad in Syria,” we explain in ISIS and the Plan to Balkanize the Middle East.~Kurt Nimmo


  54. “Liberals and conservatives agree: Bin Laden won, because the West overreacted and indiscriminately bombed and regime changed all over the Middle East … turning the Arab population against the U.S., and spending trillions in the process.
    We’re about to do the same thing in overreacting to ISIS …”~Washington’s Blog


    Bullshit…”spending trillions in the process,” means that the International Bankers won – again, as they do in all wars.

  55. Other Voodoo Rituals from Antiquity
    . . . . . . . . . .
    Alchemical Theory
    The One Thing (or the Subtle Ether)
    and, Alchemical Imagination: Making Psyche Matter
    “Jung spent the better part of the end of his life studying the subject of alchemy, which has been called the search for the godhead in matter. In typical “Jungian” style, his interest in alchemy developed from a vivid dream about an ancient library full of arcane books. Later, after much searching, Jung came to posses such a library. Alchemy reflected in symbolic form the same sorts of imagery Jung saw in his practice in neurosis, psychosis, dreams and imagination. Jung insisted that the psyche cannot be understood in conceptual terms, but only through living images or symbols, which are able to contain paradox and ambiguity. Alchemy reflects the process of personal transformation in the metaphor of transmuting base metals into gold.

    Jung was amazed to find that the images and operations he encountered in the old alchemy texts related strongly to his theories of psychoanalysis and the unconscious. Therefore, his main research project at the culmination of his career was around this topic of alchemy and how it related to the dynamics of consciousness. Jung saw in alchemy a metaphor for the process of individuation, and the morphing and mutating imagery of that process which emerges from the stream of consciousness.”
    ~Iona Miller


  56. The Psychopath: The Mask of Sanity

    Hare writes:

    “What makes psychopaths different from all others is the remarkable ease with which they lie, the pervasiveness of their deception, and the callousness with which they carry it out.

    But there is something else about the speech of psychopaths that is equally puzzling: their frequent use of contradictory and logically inconsistent statements that usually escape detection. Recent research on the language of psychopaths provides us with some important clues to this puzzle, as well as to the uncanny ability psychopaths have to move words – and people- around so easily. […]
    Here are some examples:

    When asked if he had ever committed a violent offense, a man serving time for theft answered, “No, but I once had to kill someone.”

    A woman with a staggering record of fraud, deceit, lies, and broken promises concluded a letter to the parole board with, “I’ve let a lot of people down… One is only as good as her reputation and name. My word is as good as gold.”

    A man serving a term for armed robbery replied to the testimony of an eyewitness, “He’s lying. I wasn’t there. I should have blown his fucking head off.”

    From an interview with serial killer Elmer Wayne Henley:

    Interviewer: “You make it out that you’re the victim of a serial killer, but if you look at the record you’re a serial killer.”
    Henley: “I’m not.”
    I: “You’re not a serial killer?”
    H: “I’m not a serial killer.”
    I: You’re saying you’re not a serial killer now, but you’ve serially killed.”
    H: “Well, yeah, that’s semantics.”

    And so on. The point that the researchers noted was that psychopaths seem to have trouble monitoring their own speech. What is more, they often put things together in strange ways, such as this series of remarks from serial killer Clifford Olson: “And then I had annual sex with her.” “Once a year?” “No. Annual. From behind.” “Oh. But she was dead!” “No, no. She was just unconscientious.” About his many experiences, Olson said, “I’ve got enough antidotes to fill five or six books – enough for a trilogy.” He was determined not to be an “escape goat” no matter what the “migrating facts.” [Hare, Without Conscience]”


  57. While everyone will readily admit that there is probably too much violence on television and that the ads are probably pure balderdash, very few people have a real conception of the precise nature and extent of the hypnotic influence of the media. Still fewer have any idea of the purposes behind this inducement. Wallace and Wallechinsky write in The People’s Almanac:

    “After World War II, television flourished… Psychologists and sociologists were brought in to study human nature in relation to selling; in other words, to figure out how to manipulate people without their feeling manipulated. Dr. Ernest Dichter, President of the Institute for Motivational Research made a statement in 1941… ‘the successful ad agency manipulates human motivations and desires and develops a need for goods with which the public has at one time been unfamiliar — perhaps even undesirous of purchasing.
    “Discussing the influence of television, Daniel Boorstin wrote:
    ‘Here at last is a supermarket of surrogate experience. Successful programming offers entertainment — under the guise of instruction; instruction — under the guise of entertainment; political persuasion — with the appeal of advertising; and advertising — with the sex appeal of drama.’


    “Programed television serves not only to spread acquiescence and conformity, but it represents a deliberate industry approach.” [quoted by Wallace, Wallechinsky]

  58. The Sociobiology of Sociopathy: An Integrated Evolutionary Model
    – Linda Mealey

    The conclusion is that the American way of life has optimized the survival of psychopaths with the consequence that it is an adaptive “life strategy” that is extremely successful in American society, and thus has increased in the population in strictly genetic terms. What is more, as a consequence of a society that is adaptive for psychopathy, many individuals who are NOT genetic psychopaths have similarly adapted, becoming “effective” psychopaths, or “secondary sociopaths.”

    (Many experts differentiate between primary and secondary sociopaths. The first is a sociopath because they have the “genes” and the second is more or less “created” by their environment of victimization. Other experts refer to these two categories as “psychopaths” for the genetic variety and “sociopaths” for the reactive variety. We prefer this latter distinction.)

    Of course, because they are not intellectually handicapped, these individuals [psychopaths] will progress normally in terms of cognitive development and will acquire a theory of mind. Their theories, however, will be formulated purely in instrumental terms [what can claiming this or that GET for me?], without access to the empathic understanding that most of us rely on so much of the time.

    They may become excellent predictors of others’ behavior, unhandicapped by the “intrusiveness” of emotion, acting, as do professional gamblers, solely on nomothetic laws and actuarial data rather than on hunches and feelings.

    In determining how to “play” in the social encounters of everyday life, they will use a pure cost-benefit approach based on immediate personal outcomes, with no “accounting” for the emotional reactions of the others with whom they are dealing.

    Without any real love to “commit” them to cooperation, without any anxiety to prevent fear of “defection,” without guilt to inspire repentance, they are free to continually play for the short-term benefit.

    At the same time, because changes in gene frequencies in the population would not be able to keep pace with the fast-changing parameters of social interactions, an additional fluctuating proportion of sociopathy should result because, in a society of [psychopathy], the environmental circumstances make an antisocial strategy of life more profitable than a pro-social one. [Mealey]

  59. “My question is, why is complete denial, even aggressive behavior in some instances, the reaction of some when the objective facts of reality are pointed out to them, while there are others who react with an increased sense of curiosity, an increased desire for additional information?

    Why do some shun knowledge and others crave it?

    Why do some resist the programming, and others welcome it?

    It is as though with some people – those who most avidly embrace the “we are right” view – have minds that are closed from the very get-go, and they are entirely incapable of opening them, even just a crack. There is no curiosity in them. There are no questions in their minds. There are no “what ifs?” or “maybes”.

    It seems to me that the propaganda of the Official Culture then, while quite effective, may not be the sole reason why so many Americans are apathetic when it comes to what their government is doing, both in the US and abroad. It seems as though there may be some distinct differences in human beings at a very basic level that needs to be considered here.

    In my opinion, (KAH), all of us who were raised in the US have been duped via this Official Culture mind control imposed through the educational system and the mass media. But there are some of us who seem to have the ability to question, to wonder, to open our minds to other possibilities – even if they seem far-fetched. And invariably, this opening of the mind to other views has been enriching and rewarding on many levels, not the least of which is a humanitarian view of all peoples and cultures.

    Is being able to open your mind and ask questions just a matter of “courage?” Is a closed mind simply evidence of being a coward? Is resistance to the “official culture” a consequence of a fundamental “rebellious nature” and are those who “go along with the crowd” better “team players,” even if the team is on the moral low-road?

    Is the difference one that exists between people who are willing to face the “terror of the situation” and those who simply cannot live in the state of tension produced by having to make moral decisions themselves?

    Or, is there something deeper here? If so, what is it? And whatever it is, why is it so “active” in the present day and time? What is the “fog” that surrounds America and the minds of its people.”~Laura Knight-Jadczyk



  60. In effect “the medium is the message” just as McLuhan revealed. It is what TV does to you that is most important, the content is incidental to the effects on the brain waves.

    When we consider “habituation”, what this means is that the subject remains in trance long after the TV has been shut off. This “TVZombie” stumbles through the remainder of his time still under the effects of his mental conditioning. This is why one must avoid all but the most minimal contact with a television set.

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