The Gaslighting Of The American Public Continues...

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Submitted by Howard Kunstler via,

The gaslighting of the American public continues, with Gaslighter-in-Chief, The New York Times, whipping up a frenzy of Russia paranoia.*

It reminds me of an old gambit in fly fishing called the “artificial hatch.” Trout like to gorge on mayfly nymphs as they rise out of a stream and shuck their nymphal shells to fly away as winged adults. The bugs do this in bunches, at a particular time of day, according to sub-species. This “hatch” drives the trout into a feeding frenzy.

A lot of the time, of course, there’s no action on the stream, so the bored fly fisherman whips his line here and there around a particular pool, trying to create the simulation of a mayfly hatch so the trout will wake the fuck up. It is, to be frank a crude dodge, really an act of desperation. But at least it gives the fisherman something to do for a while besides worry about missing another mortgage payment.

The Russia paranoia frenzy is serious business because it indicates that a state-of-war exists between the permanent bureaucracy of government (a.k.a. the Deep State) and the new Trump administration. There are features of the struggle that ought to be much more disturbing than the dubious alleged monkey business about Russia hacking the election and the hoo-hah around a single intercepted phone call between Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador, made to open a line-of-communication between high-ranking officials, strictly routine business in any other administration.

Most disturbing are signs that the so-called intelligence community (IC) has gone rogue in collusion with forces aligned around Democratic Party functionaries up to and including former president Obama and Hillary Clinton, along with CNN, The Times, The Wash-Po, NBC News and a few other mouthpieces of the defeated establishment. Obama and Hillary remain conspicuously sequestered from this maelstrom, but they must be working their phones like nobody’s business. (Is the IC monitoring them, too, one wonders?)

Until his Queeg-on-steroids news conference late yesterday, Trump laid pretty low after General Flynn was thrown under the bus, but he must be plotting counter-moves, with Bannon and Steven Miller straining at their leashes, slavering for blood. Will some employees over at the CIA and the — what? — sixteen other IC outposts that stud the government like shipworms in a rotting hulk — be called on the carpet of the oval office, and possibly handed pink slips? How do you drain that swamp in Langley, VA? Perhaps with subpoenas? Surely Jeff Sessions over at the Department of Justice has got to be weighing action against the IC leakers. That shit is against the law.

The next disturbing element of the situation is all the war-drum beating by the same cast of characters: the IC, the Democratic Party, and major media. Why in hell are we antagonizing Russia? In the last month of Obama’s term — and for the first time in many years — NATO moved a bunch of tanks close to Russia’s border with the Baltic states. Do you really think Russia wants to reoccupy these countries for the pleasure of subsidizing them and draining the Russian treasury? In those twilight days of Obama, government officials made wild and unspecific charges about “Russian aggression,” and vague assertions about Russian plans to dominate the global scene. Major what-the-fuck there. There’s the ugly situation in Ukraine, of course, but that was engineered by Obama’s state department. Do you know why Russia annexed Crimea after that? It couldn’t have been for more transparently rational reasons. And what exactly is our beef with Russia in Syria? That they’re trying to prop up the Assad government because the last thing the Middle East needs is another failed state with no government whatsoever? What’s our plan for Syria, anyway? Same as Somalia, Iraq, and Libya? These stories about Russia’s intentions seem insane on their face. It’s amazing that readers of The New York Times swallow them whole. It must say something about the deterioration of the coastal gene pool. The story-mongers have a purpose though: to promote a state of permanent hostility, neo-cold-war style, to justify the grotesquely overgrown operations of the IC.

Note, too, that the new cold war benefits the thousands of ex-CIA personnel and retired US military officers who have signed on to work as Deep State IC private contractors in recent years. A new cold war is their gravy train. How about a congressional inquiry into the number of private security contractors selling their services to the Deep State, and exactly who they employ? Now that might be a scandal greater than Watergate, but not the Mike Flynn affair.

Have you asked yourself: what would war with Russia look like if the wishes of ninnies like Senator McCain and Lindsey Graham come true? Where’s the battlefield? Do we dispatch a few divisions over to invade Russia proper? Napoleon and Hitler already tried that… didn’t work out so well. And what’s the strategic objective? To occupy Russia and school them in democracy? That’s rich. Or do we go back to fighting proxy wars with Russia in various Third World backwaters as we did so earnestly in the 1960s. Another Vietnam would be grand, right? Just what we need. Or maybe a fifty-year-war like the one in the Congo. Or should we put aside all that penny-ante nonsense and just Drop the Big One, no a thousand Big Ones! Oh, wait a minute… they’ve got plenty of their own Big Ones.

Now, it may be the case that President Donald Trump is batshit crazy, but cooking up fake hostilities with the world’s second-leading nuclear super-power is a strange way to run a coup d’état against the White House. I mean, if it’s that bad, the generals and the senior spooks ought to just step up to the plate without further pretense and remove the fucker — as I’ve been predicting they would inside of sixty days from the inauguration. But then even if Trump is crazy and incompetent, what’s so great about a Deep State security matrix that refuses to be subordinate to anybody, that can do whatever it wants to whomever it wants? This thing is turning into a regular shoot-out at the OK Corral. If you know your history, you’ll recall that Wyatt Earp was hardly the eagle scout he’s depicted as on the boob tube. He was something of a thug, with a mad streak. Maybe that’s what it takes to stand up to the Deep State.

* Gaslighting — a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity.

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jcaz's picture

Bingo-  Deep State is exposing their real problem by themselves-  brilliant.....

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YouJustMadeTheList (not verified) jcaz Feb 17, 2017 3:08 PM

I was 'gaslighted' by ZH for about 18 hours about 7 years ago...


But then I got better...

macholatte's picture


OMG! It looks like Kunstler has come out of his coma and written something actually worth reading.

Is this a trend?

Film at eleven.

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YouJustMadeTheList (not verified) macholatte Feb 17, 2017 3:23 PM

He decided he was a LIKUD after all because he fancied the convenience of using tranjoonder bathrooms & thereby pissing wherever he pleases.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Obama setting up his cargo-cult government right down the street. Still got his phone and pen.

froze25's picture

You can't be a pussy and think you will win against the "Deep State" if anyone can do it, its Trump. All Hillary or Jeb would of done was grow it and line their pockets. Same as Obama, same as Bush Jr, Same as Bill Clinton, Same as Bush Sr.
I am so happy that we have a President with Giant Stainless Steel Balls.

BuddyEffed's picture

" And what exactly is our beef with Russia in Syria? "

My guess is the ISIS oil business is the biggest driver over thataway.

Drives off the locals.

Drives the oil to desired places and pockets.

Russia/Syria are in the way in a way.

Laddie's picture

He is someone who seeks to misdirect the goyim, like Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage do.

Deep State War on Trump AUDIO

They were doing the following before Trump was even sworn in!
The CIA and the REST of the establishment government is MUCH worse than we thought:

Mossad and CIA Holding Secret Meetings, Plotting to Undermine Trump Administration

Such discussions are being kept out of newspapers aimed at Gentile audiences...


Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration as the next president of the United States is causing Israeli intelligence officials to lose sleep as well. Discussions held in closed forums recently raised fears of a leakage of Israeli intelligence top-classified information, clandestine modus oprandi and sources, which have been exposed to the American intelligence community over the past 15 years, to Russia – and from there to Iran.

The cause of concern are the suspicions of unreported ties between the president-elect or his associates and the Kremlin, whose agents are also associated with intelligence officials in Tehran.

These fears, which began upon Trump’s election, grew stronger following a meeting held recently between Israeli and American intelligence officials (the date of the meeting is not mentioned to protect the sources of the report). During the meeting, according to the Israelis who participated in it, their American colleagues voiced despair over Trump’s election, as he often lashes out at the American intelligence community. The American officials also told the Israelis that the National Security Agency (NSA) had “highly credible information” that Russia’s intelligence agencies, the FSB and GRU, were responsible for hacking the Democratic Party (DNC) servers during the elections and leaking sensitive information to WikiLeaks, which hurt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The American officials further added that they believed Russia President Vladimir Putin had “leverages of pressure” over Trump – but did not elaborate. They were apparently referring to what was published Wednesday about embarrassing information collected by the Russian intelligence in a bid to blackmail the president-elect.

The Americans implied that their Israeli colleagues should “be careful” as of January 20, Trump’s inauguration date, when transferring intelligence information to the White House and to the National Security Council (NSC), which is subject to the president. According to the Israelis who were present in the meeting, the Americans recommended that until it is made clear that Trump is not inappropriately connected to Russia and is not being extorted – Israel should avoid revealing sensitive sources to administration officials for fear the information would reach the Iranians.

This story is a bombshell.

The President-Elect’s own intelligence services, the NSA and CIA (run by David S. Cohen), are meeting in private with the Mossad to encourage them to deceive Trump by withholding intelligence from him.

cougar_w's picture

Trump better not stand in front of any windows, is all I gotta say.

pliny the longer's picture

maybe DJT should take some tips from assange about where to stand, eating food, etc. 

El Vaquero's picture

Even when you don't agree with Kuntsler, you have to give it to him that he is one hell of an author.  

markpower49's picture

I want to like reading him, but his "Queeg-on-steroids" snark, regarding Trump's great presser, makes me think Kunstler is an idiot.

Clowns on Acid's picture

No... you only thought you got better....

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YouJustMadeTheList (not verified) Clowns on Acid Feb 17, 2017 5:13 PM



I'm thinking that most people are gonna miss the /sarc on that.


It ain't like the old dayz anymore my friend. :-(




Edit: I just screenshotted the ZH frontpage upon making this comment...


- 8 topic headlines ABOVE this one

- 233k total VIEWS of <those> headlines

- = 29k per topic (with NOT MANY relevant comments thereto)


I guess it's not bad, but this is LATE FRIDAY...


Maybe ZH shouldn't have kicked francis_sawyer [for telling the truth] off so many times after all???


But what difference does it make?... Becauee... ON .LONG.ENOUGH.TIMELINE.



Bollixed's picture

Don't worry, Francis is back. I can see him from here...

Manipulism's picture

Someone asks the right questions.

What are they up to?

New World Chaos's picture

Basically, they're trying to start WWIII with Russia so they can wipe out all the people most likely to resist the NWO.  Then they'll use their armies of rapefugees and other fuckwits to roll up the dregs of Western civilization into a globo-commie world satanic dictatorship.  They're in a panic now.  They have to act fast before people wake up and before Trump pulls the plug on the NWO.  They're arranging for a huge swarm of SJWs to sack DC on May 1.  May 1 is Commie day and the Illuminati's birthday and the druidic witches' sabbath of Walpurgisnacht.  Human sacrifice is required.

Alex Jones with Robert Steele.  This comes out of the CIA but it does line up with all the other stuff. Go in at 32:00.

soyungato's picture
The Great Draining Begins: Trump Purges State Department's 7th Floor 'Shadow Government'


nevertheless's picture

Dream on...Obama 2.0...let the self delusion commence. 

VWAndy's picture

 Well its not like they got truth or integrity going for them. After all when you think about all these people with security clearences. They are under contract to hide the truth. They have no restrictions on lies. Its the very nature of the security wonks.

 Whats missing from this picture is real accountability to the people. I like the idea of a civilian grand jury with complete access to all these gamers games and the ability to hang any they deam needing of a good neck streatchin. ymmv

Manipulism's picture

the whole system is a big gaslighting action.


Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Mass hypnotism.  Mind control en masse.  These things have been studied and implemented for decades, now we need a solid course of 'reverse brainwashing' for the majority of society.  It starts with hearing these words "You have been lied to.  About EVERYTHING from the JFK assassination to the Moon landing to the Bolshevik Revolution to the Gulf of Tonkin... Down to 9/11"

Philo Beddoe's picture

That's nice. Do I still get my free shit? 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Miles doesn't 'believe' in the occult.   From my own research, there is 'something' there, so I cannot dismiss the occult out of hand as Miles does.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I also like Ajit Vadakayil, but he isn't right about everything (recently came out as a Nixon fan, LOL) and can be a bit over the top with Hindu supremacy.  I forgive him his faults, we all have them.

TwelveOhOne's picture

We see only around 2% of the electro-magnetic spectrum.  So 98% of what's happening, we're blind to.  This leads me to believe that there are things happening around me that I'm unaware of; whether this is "occult" or "spiritual", YMMV.

Herodotus's picture

Trump needs to do a nationwide primetime television address to the American people outlining the crimes of the intelligence community:

- assassination of President Kennedy

- Gulf of Tonkin incident

- assassination of Martin Luther King

- assassination of Robert Kennedy

- 9/11 (Reichstag fire) attack

- assassination of John F. Kennedy, Jr.

he needs to very explicitly lay the blame on these agencies and state that he now is being forced to take the necessary actions to curtail their power and nefarious activities.

nevertheless's picture

Agreed on every count, but I am pretty sure Trump is playing a role, he is controlled just like the rest of the filth in Washington. 

I mean seriously what is different then when Obama came in, same bull shit. They say all the right stuff, but make all the bad decisions. 

I keep hoping I am wrong, but he keeps proving me right.

I don't care about the deep state, or the media, I care about war with Russia, and he is still moving arms and personal to Russia's borders. 

I wonder what it will take to wake those fooled by the total lie that is the US election system.

Sheldon Adleson was one of Trump's biggest supporters, if that does not tell you something, nothing can. 

johnjkiii's picture

He's been there 4 weeks sparky. What bad decisions have you found that no one else knows about? You say you don't care about the MSM & deep state? Who have they been antagonizing for the past 4 yrs.? These guys want permanent war, hot or cold, so they can keep their jobs and sell the shit they publish to people like you.

Unholy Dalliance's picture

I am sure he will - all in good time. Here is an interesting question. Where will the trials be convened? The senior Nazis were tried in Nuremberg, the 'spiritual home' adopted by the Nazis. The real home of the Nazis was the capital of Bavaria, Munich. Now if Washington = Munich, which city equals Nuremberg? Hmm. I'm sure I don't know: Little Rock, Arkansas, perhaps?

TeethVillage88s's picture

Valid approach to the problem. Good idea.

I was just thinking about some videos. Seems to me Trump could proclaim that all Muslims and Christians have a right to return to their home land in Palestine/Israel... as much as the Jews from West Asia/Central Asia.

- Three State Solution to Jerusalem and Dome of the Rock starting in 2017
- All 3 Billion Muslims and Christians and Jews will have the right to return to the land set up as Palestine
- All peoples will have Equal Rights in Palestine/Israel areas

Dear President Donald Trump and Vice Pence; Please consider these solutions offered by Zerohedge.

Insearch's picture

ENTRAINMENT used on the masses through TV, cable, smart phones, music ... ppl read about it

nevertheless's picture

More than entertain, CONDITION: Pro multiculturalism, anti American, anti white male...


Look at who many kids shows put women or girls as the hero, and the man as the immoral, anti social, drunk, racist...


Insearch's picture

ENTRAINMENT used on the masses through TV, cable, smart phones, music ... ppl read about it

nevertheless's picture

I only hope everyone is at least open to the possibility that Trump is a tool in this game. I think he is another Obama, but for the right...


Those in power have total control, and regardless of what the right thinks, Trump is not Christ, he is a billionaire, who made his money in NEW YORK CITY, base camp for the Zionist globalist cabal. 


I think the odds are 70/30 he is a agent provocateur...Anyone who thinks Iran is an enemy of America is either crazy as shit, or part of the machine...

wow017's picture

IF Trump is a tool then he is a renegade Mach 2 flying off on his own flight plan..

cougar_w's picture

There are no words to undo 50 years of this kind of mind-fuck. We need to purge two generations of sleep-walkers.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Woodrow Wilson got us into Central Bank and World War I with Propaganda.

Looks like 100 solid years of Bernays et al.

Mr Perspective's picture

Wow, even this article is *Gaslighting.

Situation normal is not always as it seems. Watch the gaslighters. They are all around you.

Manipulism's picture

Even your parents have gaslighted you, mostly unintenionaly.

Mr Perspective's picture

You are 100% correct. They know not what they do. Their parents were indoctrinated against their will too. Howard Kunstler however knows full-well what he is writing.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Spicer said Trump expected Russia to give back Crimea to Ukraine.  This article makes no sense.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Reason craps out in an instant when it's outside of it's safe [and] narrow bounds.


Exhibit A: The NYT

small axe's picture

Yeah Senators, how about that war with Russia? Are you going to volunteer to be incinerated first? Or do you have us and our families in mind, as always? Pricks...

doomchild's picture

Just yesterday I reminded my liberal colleagues at lunch that if a war breaks out their children will get drafted and get sucked into the conflict just like that. They became very quiet suddenly and started muttering something about how their kids will be in college and will be fine. 

In.Sip.ient's picture

Did you ask how fine they would be

after a few Sarmats arrived???


Unholy Dalliance's picture

Here are a few of my thoughts.

This is all misdirection. They must know that they are now vulnerable to be indicted for all the crimes they committed ever since W J Clinton's first term. Is it not possible they are aware that cases are being prepared to bring them to justice? Is this not the way psychopaths would react to their whole 'powerful world' being dismantled? They are 'powerless' but they still have the capabilities to harry and disrupt, to spread disinformation which, if not refuted, is presumed by the US population to be true. My understanding is that they have been told there is nowhere on Earth (Gaia) they can run to. They are barred from escape off-planet and so they use up their last morsels of energy in making as much mayhem and choas as possible which, on the face of it, it not much at all.

Also, does anyone really know if Hillary Clinton is still alive?

Clowns on Acid's picture

" Also, does anyone really know if Hillary Clinton is still alive?" ....Do you mean physically ?

Unholy Dalliance's picture

Yes. Is she still here in a functioning body? I personally doubt it.