From Nuisance To Threat: The High Cost Of Truth

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

I am convinced that the US, and probably the entire Western world, that is, the American Empire, has entered an era in which respect for truth does not exist in public and private institutions. We have been watching this develop for some time. Think, for example, back to August 3, 2002, a recent time in terms of our present predicament, but a time prior to political consciousness of anyone younger today than 33 years old. In the summer of 2002, the world was being prepared by propaganda for a US invasion of Iraq. On August 3 of that year, the prestigous British publication, The Economist, summed up the consensus of ruling opinion in two sentences: “The honest choices now are to give up and give in, or to remove Mr. Hussein before he gets his [nuclear] bomb. Painful as it is, our vote is for war.”

As Lewis Lapham, myself and others asked at the time, what bomb? The only evidence of a bomb was fabricated and known to be fabricated. The UN weapons inspectors concluded that the infamous Weapons of Mass Destruction were a creation of US propaganda. President George W. Bush eventually acknowledged that Iraq had no such weapons. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the lies he was deceived by the Bush regime into telling the UN about Saddam Hussein’s WMD are a stain on his career.

Despite the 2003 US invasion known to have been based entirely on lies, US troops were not pulled out of Iraq until 2011, and whether or not they were pulled out, they are back in Iraq now. None of these facts has had any impact on the good opinion that Washington and the media have of themselves.

Unchastened, Washington and its presstitutes lied about Libya and destroyed that prosperous country. They lied about “Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people,” and would have destroyed Syria also had it not been for the Russians.

Blocked by Russia, Obama, Hillary, and Victoria Nuland turned on Russia, first overthrowing the democratically elected government in Ukraine, and when Crimeans voted practically unanimously to reunite with Russia, the Obama regime and its media whores falsely alleged “Russian invasion of Ukraine.”

This false charge, repeated endlessly still today by the Western presstitutes, became the justification for economic sanctions against Russia that Washington imposed on its European vassals, entirely at their expense, which shows what craven cowards European governments are. If Washington orders “jump,” the UK Prime Minister, the German Chancellor, the French President ask, “How High?”

One of the reasons Donald Trump was elected president was his commitment to normalizing relations with Russia and reconsidering the continuation of NATO a quarter century after its purpose ceased to exist with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Trump’s commitment constituted a direct threat to the power and profit of the US military/security complex, whose $1,000 billion annual budget requires a major threat that only Russia can provide.

Consequently, Russia and its president have been demonized. American propaganda, bald-faced lies, spread fear of Russia and Putin throughout the American Empire. The Empire’s response to those who confront the propaganda with the facts is to denounce those with the facts as “Russian agents” or “Putin’s dupes.” The hatred of Russia that has been inculcated by the neocons and presstitute media has resulted in Republican Senator John McCain, representing Arizona (to the disgrace of Arizonians), calling on the Senate floor Republican Senator Rand Paul, representing Kentucky, a person who “is now working for Vladimir Putin” for objecting to tiny Montenegro being made a NATO member.

When this website was included on a list of 200 Russian agent/dupe websites by a secret, undisclosed group called PropOrNot, I wondered whose money was behind this entity as well hidden as an offshore money laundering operation. I made a joke of it, which amused the Russians.

As no one knows what PropOrNot is, the site has no credibility. So the forces for war moved up several levels to Harvard University Library. On that website someone posted what is essentially the PropOrNot list. Harvard does not say that the list is vetted or explain why anyone should believe it. The list is attributed to a Melissa Zindars, an assistant professor of communication and media at some unnamed institution. It is a list, she says, that she uses in her class to teach students how to avoid “fake and false news.” In other words, the list reflects her own ignorance and biases.

As one reader observed, Melissa tells on her own indoctrination by the presstitute, CIA-serving US media: “I read/watch/listen very widely, from mainstream, corporate owned sources (The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes) as well as The Atlantic, National Public Radio, and various local and alternative sources with different political perspectives (Truth-Out).”

So here we have the Western world informed by Harvard University Library of who is safe to read on the basis of an unknown young woman’s biases. Those safe to read are the lying presstitute media who serve the cause of war and the police state.

When you witness this level of total corruption at what pretends to be America’s finest university, and it is on top of the 24 years of nothing but lies from the previous three two-term presidents, who between them have murdered and dislocated millions of people in numerous countries, and not been held accountable for even one of the millons of lives destroyed, you cannot avoid realizing that for the United States and its corrupt vassal states, Truth is something to be avoided at all costs.

When Trump collapsed under pressure and fired his National Security Adviser, Gen. Flynn, he unintentionally gave credence to the charge that any and all who think well of normalized relations with the other major nuclear power are “Russian agents,” and that to be a “Russian agent” means that you are guilty of treason and deserve to be impeached if you happen to be the President of the United States.

The consequence of Flynn’s removal from office has been to enable the Russophobic forces to define as treason the desire for detente with Russia. If this had been imposed on US presidents during the First Cold War, probably life on earth would not exist today.

What is scary about the US and Europe is not merely the gullibility and insouciance of such a large percentage of the populations. What is very frightening is the willingness of the media, government officials, military, and members of professional organizations to lie for the sake of their careers. Try to find any shame among the liars that their lies expose humanity to thermo-nuclear annihilation. It is not to be found. They don’t care. Just let me have the Mercedes and the McMansion for another year.

The Saker, an observant being, says that the color revolution being conducted by the neoconservatives, the Democratic Party, the presstitutes, the liberal/progressive/left, and by some Republicans against President Trump is “de-legitimizing the entire [democratic] political process which brought Trump to power and upon which the United States is built as a society.”  The consequence, says The Saker, is that “the illusion of democracy and people power” has been destroyed both domestically and abroad. The propaganda picture of “American Democracy” has lost its believability. As the false picture crumbles, so does the power that was based on authority constructed by propaganda.

The Saker asks: do we face an endless horror or a horrible end?

As George Orwell said decades ago, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

This is the way the criminals who rule us see it, and it is the way their whores in the media see it. If you tell the truth in America, you are a purveyor of fake news and possibly a traitor.

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J S Bach's picture

There is no respect for truth when the fathers of lies reign supreme.

Giant Meteor's picture

Treason In An Empire of lies eh ..

Belrev's picture

While on the subect of truth, former DNC Chair Donna Brazile admits that she leaked Town Hall questions to Hillary Clinton during the election campaign, prevented Bernie Sanders from becoming the nominee thus helping Donald Trump to get elected to Make America Great Again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuJVBkCareQ

Ignatius's picture

So I guess we owe Donna a debt of gratitude.  Question is, do we pay her?

jmack's picture

no, the hillary campaign already paid her plenty.

Chris Dakota's picture

Told you guys 1.5 yrs ago that no lie will stand now that Neptune is home in the house of truth...Pisces.

This is why the news is so repulsive now, the ugly truth is emerging along with Pluto Capricorn, soon Saturn joins in Capricorn (winter solstice 2017) and hot damn its going to be the end of the powers that be, due to the truth.

Pluto our soul mate who loves us so much he will put on elbow length latex gloves and stick his arm up our ass to pull out that which is diseased. He loves us so much he will kill us if it is for our own good. We can see 6000 yrs, 3000 back and 3000 forward and their is no other time like this time. I guess you are seeing daily the amazing events, almost like a horror show/love story all in one at one time.

No more revolutions Pluto/Uranus out of orb.

Now it is cleaning the nasty crap. When you clean the closet at the end you get all the ugly stuff at the bottom, where we are now.

2020 we have a whole new financial system, the wars are done. I suspect no more American Empire, it will be a shared world most likely USA, China, Russia.

Do what you like, but the outcome will be the same.

Never One Roach's picture

As painful as it is (to use the Economists phrase), I'd have to say The Economist mag is junk news.

Offthebeach's picture

It is what Newsweak/Time were 30 years ago.  General, not quite high school graduate,  consensus pap.

Detailed discussion in on Interwebs, print is a fight for the bottom.  

Economist should merge with People or Us.

Tarzan's picture

If you do not own your sin, there's no sin to forgive.  Forgiveness is married to confession.

Embracing Truth unleashes Grace, thus America will have no Grace when the fall comes!

 

For her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.


Pay her back the way she also paid, and double it according to her works. In the cup in which she mixed, mix a double portion for her.


As much as she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, give her that much torment and grief, for she says in her heart," I sit as a queen; I am not a widow, and I will never see grief."


For this reason her plagues will come in one day-- death and grief and famine. She will be burned up with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is mighty.

stizazz's picture

Ask some Europeans about the high cost of truth when they deny the HoloHoax.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/jews-and-history-lies...

techies-r-us's picture

Truth needs no law to protect it. So obviously, they've got something to hide.

hope_talk's picture

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erkme73's picture

Is it me, or is there some delicious irony that an obvious "make $7k/mo working part time" spammer seems to troll the less obvious, but equally proflic spammer known as techies-r-us/lexxus/stizazz?   I thought it was coincidence, but it's happening so regularly that either it's the same guy, or philpat is trolling the fucker...

Chris Dakota's picture

When Jupiter joins the party in 2020 it will be liberation from Jewish rule.

Feb 2020 you will witness the end of Jewish rule worldwide

mark your calendar

the end.

thatthingcanfly's picture

Will somebody please put Chris Dakota back in his strait-jacket and escort him back to his rubber-walled cell?

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

Leave him alone, we all need to dream of a decent outcome from all this shit. It's been going on along time, and we've all had enough.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Ya' all from the South?

Well here is a link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustine%27s_laws

I think it was Dr. Tainter Video. Gist: High Cost of US Weapons leads to a point in the future where one Airplane must be shared by all services in the military due to the cost (Inflation of Weapons Acquisition costs)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0R09YzyuCI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddmQhIiVM48
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvEjwAxHju0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzuviYRse3E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSXKjH_WjWo

Offthebeach's picture

I've been hearing that since  the F-15 roll out.( James Fallows, Alantic, cira 1980 ? )

Feral Gov got Fed Reserve as bitch.  She print real good. 

Giant Meteor's picture

Well Well Well ,

Here it is, the basis for the FOX news clip, in context, in Brazilles own words, if you can stomach it.

It is actually much worse than is reported ..

The first thing I will note is she stops short of any all out admission ... trys to tart it up, well my JOB was to assist BOTH campaigns and she goes on the claim that is EXACTLY what she did .., however, she regretted deeply "sending those emails" the translation of that is, I regret deeply being CAUGHT sending those emails ..

Then she goes on regarding the deeply troubling "Russian" inferference in the election ..

Like I mentioned, in her own words, if you can stomach it ..

http://time.com/4705515/donna-brazile-russia-emails-clinton/

erkme73's picture

Ya gotta wonder why Time (and most other MSM) turned off the comment section for that story.  Truth is so inconvenient.

Giant Meteor's picture

I don't wonder much about that. Neither they, nor Donna B were looking for any "feedback!"

 

Spitball's picture

Don't really care what this bag O ---- has to say. The lie spews from her lips freely, so why bother

Giant Meteor's picture

Well I bother mostly, as to know what others are saying, thinking, especially those I may disagree with. I mean it makes little difference and pays few dividends if I'm mostly agreeing with myself in an echo chamber, if you're catchin my drift. It's like a weather vane of sorts. And it is also somewhat, keep friends close, but enemies closer etc. and by enemy I mean, "the lie." Truth may not be the trend, but definitely a friend, a harsh friend and master, I will concede ..

I mean if ya don't know who is peddling which fiction ( the lie) and to whom, and for what purpose, likely you'll only get half the picture, or perhaps the larger picture gets missed entirely. Not to say that I am surprised, nor do I spend a whole lot of time reading up on Donna Brazille.  In fact had it not been mentioned specifically, why I wouldn't be commenting on it at all!

I do enjoy reading and watching folks, attempting to extricate themselves from their previous fallouts from grace and wreckage of their own making ,, Of course this could also mean, I am  simply a common variety sick bastard, feeding on massive doses of schadenfreude. Either way, I'm sure I can live with it, just the same, and thanks for weighing in !

BetterRalph's picture

Generally you are correct,

but This SPY is burned, come on, there's no dialog left here, when if not now is a perfect candidate for rejected security clearance and overall trust.

Would you trust her to take apart and re-service the primary flight controls of your aircraft each morning? I know how bernie would answer, no I don't have a death wish.

This is HOW bad SENATORS like Leland Yee get in and ban AR bullet buttons and 30 rnd mags, and cranking out anti-constitution bills to strip americans of rights, while the SENATOR is Internationally ARMS Trafficking with CHOW BOY a THREAT to the very thing he's outlawing.

such tolerance is dangerous, e.g. may result in the loss of life. not even a warning or caution did I hear on this Senator while he stripping rights.

Rights still not restored. Bans in place still, today.

These people belong in fort leavenworth not on the Senate, and not broadcasting on the public spectrum, they're the country's enemies. It's not good to hack elections.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Well St. Paddy's Day and all... what is your gag tolerance?

Going to Brazil Song...

Spent my days with a woman unkind, Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
Made up my mind to make a new start, Going To California with an aching in my heart.
Someone told me there's a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Took my chances on a big jet plane, never let them tell you that they're all the same.
The sea was red and the sky was grey, wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today.
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
as the children of the sun began to awake.

Seems that the wrath of the Gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow;
I think I might be sinking.
Throw me a line if I reach it in time
I'll meet you up there where the path
Runs straight and high.

To find a queen without a king,
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings... la la la
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems.

Giant Meteor's picture

Well Done! Sounds like you had a pretty good day.

21 years tommorow, no booze for me, although I still enjoy others who are enjoying themselves!

"May good luck be your friend in whatever you do and may trouble be always a stranger to you."

edit; I note the time of this post  .. Would actually make it 21 years today ;)

Hmmmm, after all that and still haven't learned to tell time .. damned Irish

Don't forget to drink plenty of water and dose well with aspirin and you can always go with "the hair of the dog" just to be safe!

Oh, and promptly execute anyone who talks above a whisper!

 

BetterRalph's picture

I went to an Irish Pub yesterday and I don't drink either. I came for the drum and bagpipes, I listened careful, kept a smile on my face, and I put 5 into the hat as I watched a man exiting with his kilt on backwards.

Giant Meteor's picture

Good times! Thank you for the belly laugh. Ah twas a fine day and sorry I missed that one with ya! Maybe next year!

Btw that is the absolute best thing for me now, to be an observer, plus it makes me an excellent driver, lol ..

I'm always on tap for that, and what the hell I have experience with the drunk trade. Cannot tell you the times I've had escorting folks as their driver, and doubling somewhat as "security detail." The ladies are really a hoot, they love everybody when they are tuned, so I pay real close attention to them, as they might run into guys like me (past tense.)

Them beer goggles are funny things ...

Well done sir, well done.

Seek_Truth's picture

14You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.…Matthew 5:14-16

erkme73's picture

Oh, damn.  I thought I was at zerohedge.  I must have taken a wrong turn and ended up in bible-thumpers-R-us.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

J S Bach ...

Well said!!!!

=== Truth Quotes from the American History Vault ===

What is Truth and Why is Truth important?

Abigail Adams “Amazing Abigail

Truth is eternal.  Its importance can never be overstated or understated. There is much debate and conversation has to what Truth is, who has the right to define Truth, whose definition is correct, and what difference, if any, Truth makes or contends in the life of an individual and a people.  But all of this is unnecessary and wasted time and energy, if the matter of Truth is perceived outside the origin and beginnings of Truth.

Benjamin Franklin "Fathomless Franklin"

Truth is Truth!  The creator and author of Truth is God.  Without God, the word Truth, its meaning and concept, would not exist; so to tamper with, or to make any attempt to define and conceptualize Truth outside of the Creator and Author’s meaning and design, would be empty, foolish and arrogant.  Even more arrogant is the process of redefining the meaning of the word Truth, in order to suite the time or the situation in which one may find their self; thereby making Truth relative to the situation or person.  Not so; Truth can only be rightly defined by One, the Creator and Author, God.  When Jesus, the Son of God, came to live among men, He declared Himself to be Truth, thereby further revealing to mankind God’s definition of Truth,   Jesus Christ was the ultimate definition of the reality of Truth, living and speaking only what the Father God would have Him do and speak

John Locke   “Logical Locke

God in His infinite wisdom, foresight and love, clearly defined the meaning of Truth to man in His Word, The Bible.  To study The Bible’s  revelation as to Truth can and would take “to infinity and beyond”!   Case in point, the study of the evidence as to the understanding of the importance of Truth as defined by God in His Word by those men and women of American History, who we fondly refer to as the Founding Fathers. (And yes, there were women who were influential and instrumental in the formation of America, even though they may not have signed the Founding Documents.)

 Abraham Lincoln 'Aboveboard Abe'

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States during a period of great crisis in the history of America known as the Civil War.  He is widely quoted for his words of wisdom and his profound thoughts.  There is debate as to his faith in God, but currently the faith in God of most historic leaders of American History seems to be in question; that is why it is so important to look at the very words spoken or written by the individual in order to venture into their heart.  However, it is evident that he did have a faith in regard to Truth and to Truth’s creator.

For More Information  ...

http://americanhistoryvault.com/?page_id=69

TeraByte's picture

Truth is disputable, but you should quite easily pick things, which do not correlate with other evidence. In that sense we must have a serious brain slug infestation in the western hemisphere.

doctor10's picture

"the problem" is their illusion are so fragile, such a house of cards, they can not withstand dissent. That failure puts the lie to them

If they were solid, there would be no concern about the truth, or the ability of them to withstand the truth.

They cannot-so every expression of intellectual and behavioral freedom becomes terrorism-which for them and their illusions-it really is!!

shovelhead's picture

That's a heavy load to dump on Hillary's Dad.

goober's picture

Our government and the corporatocracy they have created, has simply morphed into a myriad of control mechanisms and all is based on lies, distortions, manipulations and the many illusions they have created to control the masses. The majority of people still do not grasp what has happened or why and simply stumble along not realizing they are being controlled and fucked 24/7/365 by the vast corruption that exist in our society at every level. The game in the last few decades has been to use your tax dollars against you to create more control mechanisms and rob you blind. And there is no doubt BHO and crew put it all on steroids, but it was H Paulson who handed them the golden goose to destroy ! The REPs started the bailouts and that gave the maniacs the keys to the vault.

The only truth is that we dodged a very serious bullet when Hillary was defeated. Not that DT is the perfect guy, but that he is willing to stand up to PRAVDA/MSM, the main source of power of the control freaks we call the democrat propaganda machine. We have 50% of the population still brain dead and mind fucked and here is how easily that was done  http://www.downtoearththinking.com/cogdis-and-normalcy-bias.html and here is the red pill to the bottom of this rabbit hole http://www.downtoearththinking.com/our-government-created-google-and-fac...

We are seeing a war ensue, a war of minds and ideologies. It should be clear the red/blue thing is a farce and we get fucked by both, just a slightly different flavor from each. I will go with DT and crew because it is also clear DT is NOT a republican or GOPer . He is in fact a libertarian conservative or what might be called a conservatarian. I seriously doubt he fully realizes the many economic pitfalls ahead of him that are massive and will require out of the box solutions. But I far prefer him to Hillary by a long shot ! He has a ship that is seriously polluted with rot and much of what happens going forward is simply unavoidable. So he will be forced to react instead of plan and solve. It simply is what it is, at ths juncture and there are no good answers with the massive debt that has been accrued. The many forms of benefits/entitlements will be the main issue as we see the union retirement schemes failing as well as SS and medicare. There will be much gnashing of teeth and waving of arms, which has already started as the Dems are caught in the many lies that have come due and are being exposed daily. So they try to blame DT for any and all false paradigms they can create. There will be no place to hide any longer and that is why they are on their full court press to undermine and destroy Donald Trump and crew. They know they can be prosecuted. 

Many here at ZH try to come off as pseudo intellectuals and they rarely ever break it all down to the most basic denominators. They have a hard time simply calling a spade a spade because they never have had to. Not much different than the snowflakes we see today who are simply wimpy and spoiled. That will all change going forward as we will all be forced to simply accept various realities that will arise. All the supposed intellectual posturing will fall by the wayside as this mess unfolds and becomes completely meaningless soon enough l There is a far better way to think and live and set yourself FREE !     

Giant Meteor's picture

Well done.I did enjoy this read. Your conclusion is right on target. There will be no magic unicorn fixes as we have slipped way past even sensible fixes, too deep now into the rabitt hole. Whether or not one can appreciate the old Chinese curse, may be ALL live in interesting times. They are upon us without doubt, and they did not get here overnight, nor by accident.

 

Giant Meteor's picture

Ahhh, Just by the title I knew. Good evening Mr. Roberts!

"Think, for example, back to August 3, 2002, a recent time in terms of our present predicament, but a time prior to political consciousness of anyone younger today than 33 years old. In the summer of 2002, the world was being prepared by propaganda for a US invasion of Iraq."

I remember it well. I was standing in my dining room, father and mother were there, and a couple they knew. I started raging about it, making my declarations about the absurdity of it, how my sons would not die in it, nor participate in it, that if it came down to it, I would go in their stead, and die first, before I let them do such a thing.

Further I went on, this real estate bubble was MADNESS, as in completely fucking insane,

And after that fateful event, Sept 11th 2001, and to be told almost immediately, don't worry about this, get out there and SHOP! Well I knew then, the rubicon had been crossed.

Then in 2004 when the FBI had informed "the executive" and DOJ of MASSIVE corruption in the mortgage industry but was told to "stand down" as their resources were needed to combat "terrorism."

Well holy fucking shit ...

And then, after the related scandals and corruption discoveries of several major players, early 2000 and also facilitated by the "Arthur Anderson" accounting firm, and after that shame of course, accounting rules changed, systemically important and all, and the change from any PROSECUTION to, non prosecution agreements, no admission of guilt necessary, lofty fines that were simply now considered, the gold standard and a cost of doing business .. a trend I might add, that is in FULL FORCE today.

Well yes, yes of course. The foundation is gone completely, the edifice remains somewhat, a skeleton of its former "glory years" and now, it teeters left, and it teeters right, and we await the final gust of wind to finally finish the work, thus started.

Empire built upon hubris and lies, so massive, and massively corrupt, the scale of which defies most human understanding and comprehensions, not to mention of gravity itself!

Sic semper tyrannis

Giant Meteor's picture

Well you caught me Dave. Actually it was two different conversations, not far apart from the other (both took place in my dining room.) I got funny looks on both of my strange "pronouncements." You know, the ole, there he goes again .... (speaking in tongue)

Father actually called me out on my real estate comments. Incredulous was he, and he told me so. Real estate traditionally has always gone up, up, up, and so it would forever etc. Into perpetuity. It was a slight dressing down in front of my elders .. the crash was still a ways off. Dad bore witness to it, as it occured the year prior to his dying of cancer. As you can imagine we didn't talk much about those things at the time, because they didn't seem to matter very much.

Now mind you, I made no money shorting real estate or any such thing ;) but was just talkin crazy talk was all. Readin the tea leaves so to speak, and speakin in my usual abrasive and abrupt manner.. Crazy Irish Injun style ..

See, I always knew I was nuts, crazy as a shithouse rat.

There was no question about it, and most others I came in contact with needed not much convincing. It is true too, I always had this keen sense, this over riding "feeling" that I was a stranger in a strange land. Christ, you should of known me back in the ole drinkin days. Greek comedy would probably suffice, although definitely tragic. Well no turnin back the hands of time now, but I might add, no regret either. Getting to live two lives in one lifetime, while certainly much more than I deserve, I'll take it, and with sincerest gratitude. Why just think all that I would have missed, like hanging out with you mugs .. incredible I say !

I am reminded by the Cog's most recent writing on time, specifically daylight savings time, (right up there, left hand top corner) of something a wise old benefactor once told me some time ago. Giant Meteor he said, time means absolutely nothing, until you lose it ... Seems that old son of a gun was right again!

Good day to you Dave, and Irish blessings to you and yours.

 

 

Giant Meteor's picture

Thankyou. Certainly, there is a larger game afoot. Glad I'm still here to observe and chronicle it, as is the Golden Jackass to be sure.

I don't get too, or easily excited really, I mean other that old curmudgeon type stuff, a bit of ranting and raving now and then, which I quickly extricate myself from, and then laugh at my own follies .. both past and present.

All the world is stage ...

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

On a long enough timeline ..

Tick Tock ...

goober's picture

Yep, many good points. We were all played like a violin, but largely because the supposed smart guys running the many schemes are simply insane and do not actually understand diddly shit about the crimes they have committed. It was simply greed and ignorance run amok and combined, a very deadly combination and nothng new at all in human endeavors and interactions. See my comment above as well. The jig is up and the schemes have begun to fail. Time for some prosecutions and maybe some public executions ? But Americans are a rather wimpy crew these days and seem to prefer getting fucked to actually solving or facing anything. Time tells all things for sure. 

BetterRalph's picture

2004 also when DHS merging of all the agencies was hitting cluster Fudge highs of fail.

Giant Meteor's picture

Good point. I have often pondered the question, so when and why exactly, did we become the "Homeland" a land of no longer "citizens" but instead, some other land filled with willing and obedient "consumers?"  We became, if you will, consumers, in the homeland.

Now I don't know much, but I will be damned, if that was not Orwell come alive right there. If not, nothing else from here on, qualifies ... and truly, it WAS, the end of history.,, the coup of coups ..

Vernacular is important.

It is amazing to me how easily this language was seemlessly slid into common usage, without a whimper and with the collective abandonment of individuals and public consciousness. Of course it occurred during roughly the same time frame and after that event that neccessitated the change. A simple twist on a complicated move to control, and also to justify everything that came during and after 9-11  The end of history.The public being grossly mislead, lied to, and peppered with gross misconduct of scale, crimes against humanity itself to an already in shocked and fearful nation, a nation that was now made ready to experience the next phase, and a chilling of both private and public speech a.k.a. ("dissent.")

If you're not with us, you're WITH the TERRORISTS! Why that was right out of the Bernays, Goebbels playbook itself. An overt coup if you will, and for the life of me, who not better to usher this in this era, than the G Dubya himself ..  the guy voted most affable and who consumers most likely just wanted to sit down and have a beer with! I HEAR YOU!

We who live in America, are citizens of America, or should be. Or some may prefer to be their own sovereign. I have no trouble with that either. But I never hear any of them saying, rally round my flag boys, in the homeland! In the same way, I do respect the people of the world, who are citizens of THEIR respect nations and in my opinion, this is, as it should be .. with respect towards their own history, whatever it may be ..

But will it be? 

 

Logan 5's picture

Truth = a lie repeated 1,000 times or more (& sometimes it takes 6 million incantations to really get it etched in there).

Ignatius's picture

With modern news it's not what gets reported -- most things do -- but what gets repeated that matters.

Motasaurus's picture

6 million? I see what you did there.

Like Allied soldiers finding prisoners that their own bombing campaign had starved of food and medicine and, in many cases, actually bombed and machine gunned, and claiming it as proof of an attempt to exterminate a group of people.

jeff montanye's picture

may i continue? and to make amends for such "genocide", the lands and homes of people neutral in world war 2, the palestinians, shall be taken, much of it without compensation, and the people living there disenfranchised, imprisoned, and killed.

thanks allies.  you gave a better deal to the germans and the japanese than you did to these neutral parties that got in your way after the war.

keep the bastards honest's picture

remember the Balfor Agreement with Rothchild 1917