The Age of Deceit: The Misappropriation of Our Freedoms, Part 2

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Most people’s opinions about major political events are based upon the news that they access through mass news distribution channels. Unfortunately mass news distribution channels are all owned by the ruling class that have a biased agenda and therefore can rarely, if ever, be counted on to distribute the truth. As former CNN journalist Amber Lyons exposed, various governments around the world actually paid CNN to unethically run propaganda stories as if they were real “news” without ever disclosing that they had accepted large sums of money to run these stories.


In Thailand currently, massive anti-government protests originated after current PM Yingluck Shinawatra attempted to grant full amnesty to her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, for his corrupt activities while he was Prime Minister of Thailand during 2001 to 2006 before being ousted in a military coup. Mass media coverage of this people’s uprising in Thailand has also suffered from questionable reporting, both


(1) in the magnitude of numbers of protesters, sometimes reported as in the tens of thousands when real numbers have been in the hundreds of thousands, as well as

(2) a circus-like, sensationalistic focus on just the violent clashes that have recently resulted instead of a more intelligent focus on the reasons why the uprising has occurred.


Thai Protests, December 2013


Former Assistant US Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts, a prominent voice that exposes the fascist corruption of the US government, recently chimed in on the Thai uprising, yielding an interesting analysis that, “the corrupt [Thai] politicians the Americans have bought and paid for [the Shinawatras]…are being challenged by massive demonstrations in the streets all over the country.” Though the US is known for putting puppets in countries all over the world that support American interests and even resorting to war to replace leaders that do not, this is an angle that has not been not discussed at all in the Thai media  (Obama’s attempt to foster international support to invade Syria, allegedly based upon Syrian President Assad’s refusal to bow down to Western interests that wanted to control an oil and gas pipeline through his country, serves as a perfect example of this). On the other hand, the paramount Amnesty Bill issue so widely discussed in the Thai media has largely been absent from coverage in the Western media.


In Part 2 of the Misappropriation of Our Freedoms, I discuss how social media, the concept of community and especially critical thinking have all been misappropriated by the ruling class to misinform and weaken the masses upon over whom they lord. As Leonardo da Vinci wisely stated, “nothing strengthens authority so much as silence” and “anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.”


You may view the video "The Age of Deceit: The Misappropriation of Our Freedoms, Part II" here.

Read The Age of Deceit: The Misappropriation of Our Freedoms, Part I

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Trampy's picture


Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité Inmate of the open-air prison run by lunatics and populated almost entirely by zombies is desperately seeking a pen-pal for mutual support in these trying times. Am seeking fellow non-zombie intelligent, open-minded, and well-informed inmate for discussing topics of mutual interest. Please email to PGP under Bio. All inquiries held in strict confidence. Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité
Reaper's picture

It's optimistic. The reality might lie elsewhere. The majority prefers that someone think for them. The majority wants the media to lie, if the truth would require thought and then action. The majority wants to have shepherds to lead them. Self-responsibility is full of fear for them. Trust in leaders wearing uniforms and having titles removes their responsibility. The prophet Samuel three thousand years ago, said about the people's craving of a king,"And you will become his slaves." When will they ever learn?

The_Prisoner's picture

This guy's blog gives a good perspective of the situation in SE Asia:

"It is very simple. Unlike in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Russia, Yemen, Libya, Malaysia, and elsewhere where the West has backed protests, the current government in Thailand is a creation of and a servant to the corporate financier interests of Wall Street and London"

"A vision of self-sufficiency in Thailand. Agrarian values and the
self-reliance they engender are the hallmarks of real freedom."

ThirdCoastSurfer's picture

What is freedom? Who was it that said: "Your absolute right to freedom erodes as it meets the freedoms of someone else"? As population doubles every 40 years or so, it is easy to trace the erosion of personal freedoms and the governmental abuse that follows.

What never ceases to amaze me in the horrific videos from Thailand and the Ukraine(?) is the low ranking street cops willingness and even eagerness towards brutality. Issued a gun at age 23 or younger, with the charge to protect and serve, they seemingly instantly turn into thugs and the antithesis of their credo at the slightest provocation, with the full faith and blessing of superiors. What a mockery it makes of their "profession" and what an insight into true human nature and mob mentality.

Just once, I'd like to see a video clip of a cop or cops taking a baton to another cop for brutally attacking someone who is clearly defenseless.

On that day I will cheer that humanity is possibly salvageable.

cowdiddly's picture

What is freedom? you ask

"Freedoms just another word for-nothin left to lose."

                                  Janice Joplin

foodisgood's picture

Everything spoken to here is about the importance of private debt being repaid. Even if the interest is impossible to repay.

The noise here and there is just to distract you from the root of the problem that you are indentured to.

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torabora's picture

Notice how the Syrian gas attack evaporated....since nothing was done about the 'attack' (except empty words) how come the perps haven't been using gas sum moar?

lasvegaspersona's picture

maybe cuz after the Lybian attack in Benghazi we could not supply them (not sure which bads but you know...those bad guys...the ones WE say used the gas) with more sarin.

Or maybe because it was all BS and there was no gas attack


THIS is the problem with a media that lies and is wholly owned by the government and it's favorite companies...even a reasonable guy like me really and honestly does not know who or what to believe.

naiverealist's picture

Interesting. . .

I had always heard thAl Quaeda/Taliban/(supply the latest "threat") hates us for our liberties.  Now I believe that our unelected government in power (the shadow government that really makes the decisions) is the one that hates us for our liberties, because they are the ones who are curtailing those same liberties.


Just saying . . . .

new game's picture

the enemy within...

we have checks and balances in the constitution.

but yet we do nothing:(


new game's picture

the enemy within...

we have checks and balances in the constitution.

but yet we do nothing:(


gookempucky's picture

Smart -- always like your stuff. 


Critical thinking have all been misappropriated by the ruling class to misinform and weaken the masses.

The underlined requires a use of the grey matter, which over the last century (zh ers know) has been replaced by button satisfaction and sensationalized to the point of worship--unfortunate but true.

WHY always seems to be missing in so many peoples lives.

Why is a person who invest's your money called a BROKER??

Why is the time of day with the slowest and many times barely crawling traffic called RUSH HOUR??

Why is there a stop sign at a crossroads in the middle of nowhere??

As Grant Williams would say-things that make you go HMMMMMMMMMM.


Keep up the good work