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Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform

Paychecks, Perception, Propaganda & Power

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” - Upton Sinclair

  

I began to write this article in early December. I had just written a piece that attempted to scrutinize how the American public could stand idly by while heavily armed mercenary thugs viciously crushed the Occupy encampments across the country in a Department of Homeland Security coordinated attack at the behest of the ruling oligarchy.  Comfortably Numb made a case that the political and economic systems of the United States have been captured by a few evil men and they use their wealth and power to control the message hammered into the psyches of an apathetic, distracted, vincibly ignorant public. I started to tackle the question of why Americans could stand by as the new Greatest Generation was being abandoned, derided, scorned, beaten, tear gassed, and arrested for having the courage and audacity to stand up to a powerful corrupt unholy alliance between Wall Street psychopaths, corporate fascist barbarians, and Washington DC power hungry jackals. But I became overwhelmed with a feeling of disillusionment and hopelessness and was unable to write anything for about a month. I found myself questioning whether it was worth fighting such a powerful foe after seeing how easily they crushed the opposition put forth by OWS. After a month I decided I am not one to love my servitude.

Most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.” Huxley’s Brave New World

I owe it to my three sons to keep fighting the good fight. They deserve a future. Day by day we draw ever closer to a showdown with the traitors who have sold this country into debt slavery. I don’t dream of revolution, but my eyes are wide open and I see it coming. I had been trying to wrap my head around what happened with the Occupy Movement since the Department of Homeland Security coordinated destruction of most of the encampments around the country in November. The corporate mainstream media immediately moved onto more pressing issues like the Kim Kardashian divorce and Jessica Simpson’s weight gain. The American public has been instructed by the media the Occupy story is history, just like the BP oil spill, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and the Egyptian revolution. In a society consumed by reality TV Occupy Wall Street was just another show. The credulous American populace dutifully turned their attention to Black Friday and whipping out one of their 15 credit cards to purchase remote control pillows, 3D 72 inch HDTVs, a see through tank top from the Snooki line of slutware, or thousands of other ludicrous Chinese crap churned out by slave labor in factories built to support the “efficiency” efforts of U.S. conglomerates.

Without a constant irritating presence in the heart of NYC and other large cities, the Occupy Movement appears to have lost steam. I’ve been trying to figure out how and why this happened. The issues that motivated the protests have not gone away. The despicable MF Global crime, committed by a hall of shame member of the .01% – Jon Corzine – has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt the Wall Street/Washington DC criminal conspiracy is alive and well. Unless you have been sitting in line at a Wal-Mart for the last two months to get a $3 waffle-maker, you saw young people across the country tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets, maced, bludgeoned, and brutalized by the paid thugs of the ruling oligarchy on a daily basis. The outrage at the continued looting by the psychopathic Wall Street aristocracy and the horrific police brutality against young people exercising their Constitutional right to free speech and assembly should have ignited widespread anger and mass protest. Instead the reaction has been silence, scorn and smug satisfaction with the government response.

Paychecks & Perceptions

There are a plethora of rationales for the apathy and lack of critical thinking overwhelming our society as we plunge into the depths of a looming economic calamity. They include economic self interest, the power of propaganda to condition the masses, fear of opposing authority, and the perception of a reality that allows you to sleep at night. The Upton Sinclair quote above hit home for me a few weeks ago and explains much of the disdain for the Occupy movement. I was in a high level meeting at my University and during the course of the meeting the Occupy Movement was brought up. A senior executive made a derogatory comment about Occupy and then laughed. I smiled and bit my tongue. In retrospect it shouldn’t have surprised me. I work at one of the top business schools in the world. The person who made the comment has spent his entire life educating students who end up with jobs at Wall Street financial institutions and with America’s largest corporations. It is a natural response for someone whose whole life is reliant upon the existing financial system to psychologically overlook the obvious criminality of the Wall Street fat cats and corporate executives who validate his entire existence and life’s work. He chooses to not understand the message of these protestors because to truthfully comprehend their message would nullify his thirty years of academic efforts. My non-response to the comment about the Occupy Movement was also based upon self-interest and reliance on a paycheck to make a living. I had learned my lesson the hard way during a previous career stop.

It appears older generations have a considerably more negative view of young people protesting the capture of our political and economic system than younger generations. This also makes sense because they have the most to lose and cannot visualize a society other than the one they have created. To acknowledge the validity of the Occupy Movement and the justice of their positions would be to admit their own guilt in the creation of a society that has allowed a chosen few to enrich themselves at the expense of the many. The Baby Boom Generation has been living a lie their entire adulthood. It is true that prior generations created the welfare/warfare state we have today, but the Boomers have had the reins of power for the last two decades in Congress and chose to not only ignore the fact the entitlement promises made by previous administrations could not be fulfilled. They even made further promises in the trillions to their fellow Boomers. Instead of making a budgetary choice between guns and butter, the Boomers chose guns, butter, education, universal healthcare, the right to own a home, the right to a 72 inch HDTV, and zero percent financing on their Cadillac Escalade from government motors. The consequences of these choices are a $15.2 trillion National Debt growing at a rate of $3.7 billion per day and unfunded entitlement liabilities totaling in excess of $100 trillion.

I had the pleasure of meeting Neil Howe, co-author of The Fourth Turning and fourteen other books, in early December. His ground breaking work with William Strauss on generational theory has proven to be uncannily accurate, as their 1997 assessment of what dynamics would drive the course of history over the coming decades have materialized exactly as they presumed. We had a fascinating two hour discussion about various topics impacting the world today and I found that we were in agreement on just about everything, except for the Occupy protests. Neil Howe is an expert on interpreting how generations react to events. I expected him to be impressed by the courage and fortitude of the Millenials leading this protest against Wall Street gluttony and audacious criminality. This is the new GI Generation and I anticipated him perceiving these protests as a prelude to greater feats ahead by this generation. Instead he described them as naive adolescents being led down a phony path by anarchist Boomers. As an example he referenced the fact that many of the protestors were wearing Guy Fawkes masks, the most famous anarchist in history. He found this distasteful and dangerous. My interpretation of the Guy Fawkes masks was more in line with the movie V For Vendetta and the theme of a corrupt evil government keeping the public living in perpetual fear.

“Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.” V For Vendetta

Neil Howe’s impression of the movie centered on the terroristic aspects of blowing up Parliament, not on the symbolism of citizens rising up and casting off the yoke of a malevolent oligarchy that has used propaganda, fear and intimidation to manipulate and control the population. Howe is a Baby Boomer and I’m Generation X. We are each viewing the Occupy Movement through the prism of our life experiences and perceptions about the intentions of these protestors. The existing social, economic, and political structure is dominated by Boomers. Neil Howe views the Occupy Movement as a threat to the system he believes in and supports. As a cynical Xer with no allegiance to a corrupt government, a crony capitalist economic system or a greedy self centered society, I see these young revolutionaries as our last great hope. 

  

Neil Howe runs a very successful consulting firm whose clients include Fortune 500 corporations, including Wall Street financial firms. His annual income and net worth is dependent upon the existing corporate dynamic. When your living depends upon not understanding the real reason young people are protesting corporate malfeasance, fraud and corruption, your mind can ignore observable facts and visible truths. Anything can be rationalized when putting food on the table requires you to ignore obvious truths and understandable facts.     

Propaganda & Power

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” – Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928 

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I was shocked when I came across the above quote a few months ago. Bernays had it figured out 84 years ago before mass media, television, or spin doctors. His vision of a society manipulated by a small number of governing elite who believe they know better than the masses has come to fruition. True republican equality as defined by the founders in the Constitution is considered quaint and a belief of the trusting and naïve masses by the wealthy elite. Manipulation of the masses through a relentless never ending barrage of propaganda disguised as news and unremitting false advertising is designed to control and herd the cattle into the slaughterhouse. We are given the illusion of free choice, when in reality the choices are being made for us by a chosen few who think they know what is best. These puppeteers controlling the strings inhabit the financial, government and corporate halls of power. Their purpose is not to benefit society and its citizens but to protect their wealth and influence, using any means at their disposal. Propaganda to control the minds of a willfully uninformed public has been their most potent weapon.  

 

Source: Mike Kreiger

Most people have never heard the name Edward Bernays. That is the way public relations specialists (manipulators of the truth) like it. They operate in the shadows, subtly influencing public opinion through what Bernays arrogantly referred to as the sinister method of “engineering of consent”. The Governing Elite have no time for messy processes like true capitalism or non-manipulated free elections. The objective for Bernays and his ilk has always been to provide corrupt government power brokers, shadowy bankers and corporate media kingpins with potent psychological instruments of social persuasion and mind control. Edward Bernays is considered the “father of public relations”, and he was the nephew of Sigmund Freud. He pioneered media manipulation techniques.

He understood the weaknesses of the human mind and developed methods and processes for taking advantage of that weakness.

“The average citizen is the world’s most efficient censor. His own mind is the greatest barrier between him and the facts. His own ‘logic proof compartments,’ his own absolutism are the obstacles which prevent him from seeing in terms of experience and thought rather than in terms of group reaction.”Bernays, Crystallizing Public Opinion

Bernays got his big break during the administration of Woodrow Wilson, the outset of the American interventionist empire bankrolled by an inflation creating Federal Reserve and a tax and spend Congress.  During WWI, Edward began work for the Committee on Public Information, the immense propaganda machine ordered by Woodrow Wilson to sway the American public towards a war he campaigned to keep us out of. He became so instrumental he was invited to accompany Wilson to the Paris peace conference. His claims to fame afterward included:

  • Creating a false storyline of communists in Guatemala on behalf of his client United Fruit Company, resulting in a CIA led military coup which ushered in a brutal dictatorship resulting in the dislocation, torture and death of thousands.
  • He was responsible for breaking the taboo of women smoking in public while working for American Tobacco Company.

His biggest claim to fame was inspiring the most reviled propagandist in history. Bernays’ techniques were so effective that Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, made copious use of Bernays’ book, “Propaganda” throughout the Holocaust, often crediting Bernays. That was quite a feather in Bernays’ cap. The German people were gradually indoctrinated by their government through propaganda into consenting and supporting the most horrific crimes in history as described by Milton Mayer in his book, They Thought They Were Free – The Germans, 1933-45:

“This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.

“To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it—please try to believe me—unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must someday lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.”

Bernays was a master of using psychological techniques to mask the motives of his clients, as part of a calculated strategy aimed at keeping the public unaware of the forces that were working to mold their psyches. Bernays died in 1995, but his techniques have been taken to a new level as our government, media and financial elite use any means at their disposal to keep the masses sedated and content while they are fleeced and herded towards the slaughterhouse. The Big Lie perpetrated upon the masses is the fallacy of America being a democratic society. The anti-democratic and treacherous corporate public relations Madison Avenue maggots manage and manipulate the opinions of the many in order to make sure a true democratic system doesn’t threaten the privileges and supremacy of the governing elite.

I wonder if it was coincidental the creation of the Federal Reserve, implementation of the personal income tax, and virtually non-stop war coincided with the rise of an industry designed to manipulate and control the thoughts and opinions of an easily influenced and willfully unaware populace. Most people want to be led and told what to believe. Critical thinking and taking personal responsibility for your life and your society requires hard work, sacrifice, honesty, and self restraint. Simply believing storylines supplied by authority figures and media pundits allow the masses to continue living lives of debt delusion and hope, occasionally stirred into a frenzy of fear and loathing towards the foreign bogeyman of the moment, chosen by the governing elite. Bernays and his disciples understood this dynamic and have been able to utilize corporate mass media and the human weakness of trusting in the judgments of authority figures to control and manage the vast swath of America without them knowing it.    

“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.” – Edward Bernays

The propaganda techniques employed to manipulate the masses seemed less abhorrent when they centered upon just consumer products. Convincing women they would look like a gorgeous model if they used a company’s cosmetics or convincing a man he’d be admired by his neighbors if he drove a certain car was small potatoes. In the last few decades the misinformation and outright lies fed to the American public by oligarchy of governing elite has become more manifest and repugnant. The list of abuses is virtually endless.

  • The American public has been lured into debt by the incessant unrelenting lifestyle marketing messages spewed from our TVs 24/7. From the introduction of the show Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous in the early 1980s, wealth, materialism, and consumerism became the motivating force in America. Consumption accounted for only 63% of GDP in 1980, with capital investment accounting for 17%. Today, consumption accounts for 71% of GDP and capital investment only 12%. Keeping up with the Kardashians is the mantra of our times.
  • The utter failure of our government controlled educational system in teaching our children how to think critically or question the validity of government created data has allowed the elite to paper over the fact the average American worker has not had any real income gains in at least four decades. The insidious nature of Federal Reserve created inflation (up 600% since 1970) is incomprehensible to a public that finds math boring and not essential in their lives.

 

  • Once the manipulators convinced the masses they needed a 4,000 sq ft McMansion, two brand new stylish cars, four big screen HDTVs, three computers, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a Rolex, Armani suits, an in-ground pool, an ATV, and house at the shore, there was only one thing left to do – loan them the money to live the faux American dream. GDP has grown 525% since 1980. Personal consumption expenditures have grown 600% since 1980. Consumer debt outstanding has grown 700% since 1980. And total household debt outstanding has grown 800% since 1980. It seems the purveyors of debt on Wall Street have been the only beneficiaries of the apparition of an American dream sold to a willingly duped American populace.   

 

  • The dream of home ownership was used by politicians of both parties to further their agendas, egged on by the Wall Street elite and the National Association of Realtors – two of the largest contributors to politicians. As politicians tried to outdo themselves creating programs to get poor people into homes, Federal Reserve Chairman Greenspan urged the masses to use creative new adjustable rate mortgage products. With a wink and nod from Greenspan and no fear of any regulation whatsoever, the Wall Street elite created liar loans, negative amortization loans, subprime loans, Alt-A loans and a myriad of other products to induce fraud in the housing market. Appraisers did their part by overstating the values of homes and Wall Street colluded with the rating agencies to package the toxic mortgages and sell them to clueless dupes around the globe with a AAA rating stamped on them. At the absolute peak in 2005, with prices two standard deviations above the long term average, Ben Bernanke declared the housing market strong and the NAR proclaimed it the best time to buy. As the coup de grace, Wall Street urged home owners to unlock that equity in their homes and borrow $3 trillion to spend on gadgets, home upgrades, automobiles, facelifts, new boobs, and exotic vacations. The greatest mass fraud in history was complete. And not one person has gone to jail.
  • Not only have the governing elite lured the masses into debt slavery, but they’ve convinced them to love their slavery. The governing elite have done a fantastic job of using their media mouthpieces to deflect criticism away from their pillaging and looting of the national wealth. They’ve successfully persuaded the slaves the extreme income inequality is beneficial to the country because the 1% are the job creators and have earned their way to the top through our free market capitalism system. Convincing the middle class to blame the poor for their three decade decline is a tribute to the effectiveness of their propaganda crusade. Jesse gives accolades to the father of propaganda as the moneyed interests have won:

“The moneyed interests have done quite a successful PR job in refocusing the national discussion on priorities involving social issues, and the reform of the support systems for the weak, the unfortunate, and the elderly. Turning one group against another, and objectifying your intended victims through slogans and stereotypes, has always been an effective method of bending the herd to your will. Score one for Edward Bernays.”

 

  • The Social Security System is an example of propaganda and misinformation on a grand scale. A modest (1% tax) insurance program designed to help widows and orphans during the Great Depression, which should have been treated much like term life insurance, morphed into a massive retirement plan at the behest of politicians over the last eight decades. The voters shockingly voted for more benefits. Millions are now totally dependent upon the monthly pittance they receive, as the promise of a Social Security pension deterred them from saving for their old age. Politicians perpetuated lies about the funds being protected in a lockbox. The truth is the politicians raided the lockbox and took every dime to spend on wars of choice, aid to dictators, paying off their corporate masters, and leaving only IOUs. They have promised $17.5 trillion more than they can payout. It could be made viable with a gradual rise in the retirement age and a simple means test that would eliminate payouts to those who do not need it. Instead politicians use it as a means to control their constituents and obscure the simple truths. Americans choose to remain ignorant of the facts based on their perceptions of a false reality.

 

  • Another storyline propagated by politicians of a liberal bent is that Medicare is a successful Federal government program. Only someone from the governing elite would declare a program that is $90 trillion underfunded, racked by fraud and abuse totaling almost $100 billion per year, despised by doctors across the land for its insane bureaucracy, and allows corporate insurance, drug and hospital conglomerates to dictate the costs, a success. The entire government run sickcare industry is a scam designed to enrich the corporations that contribute to the campaigns of the politicians writing the rules and regulations. The pricing mechanism between doctor and patient is broken, with neither having any say in the decisions.
  • With the unleashing of a torrent of inflation during the 1970s the governing elite needed to resort to obfuscation and manipulation of inflation figures to create the illusion of price stability and positive GDP, while screwing seniors citizens out of their Social Security benefits and convincing the middle class their annual 3% wage increases were getting them ahead in life. Inflation has been systematically understated by 5% to 7% annually since 1980.

 

  • The government drones at the BLS do the dirty work for their masters by reporting unemployment of 8.6% when the real level exceeds 20%, Great Depression levels. The corporate media just does the bidding of the corporate fascist state by unflinchingly reporting the bogus figures. Reporting the truth would be detrimental to the political and financial elites, so propaganda is rationalized as being beneficial to the country. The sheep just keep grazing as their shepherds herd them toward the slaughterhouse.

 

  • By conducting focus groups and testing words, master manipulators like Frank Lutz have been able to convince the masses to support repeal of the estate tax even though it does not affect 99.7% of American taxpayers. By renaming it a Death Tax, the public was convinced that this horrible abuse of the tax code should be repealed. The 0.3% with the ability and means to manipulate public opinion, won again.
  • The tax code and the propaganda campaign being waged by the richest .01% to obscure the truth and misinform the masses is the most barefaced attempt of the elite to retain their wealth and power. Their corporate media legions pound home the storyline of 50% of Americans not paying their fair share because they pay no Federal income tax. It sure sounds like these weasels must be doing something dishonest to avoid paying Federal taxes. What is not mentioned by the media mouthpieces is 50% of Americans make less than $25,000 per year. What is also conveniently forgotten is these people pay payroll taxes, local income taxes, state income taxes, real estate taxes, sales taxes, tolls and a multitude of other taxes, fees and charges to their utility, cable, and phone providers. In the real world, the total effective tax rate for someone making $50,000 per year exceeds the total effective tax rates of Mitt Romney, Lloyd Blankfein and Warren Buffett.

 

  •  The IRS tax code did not grow to 75,000 pages because the middle class and the poor used their undue influence to convince politicians in Washington DC to insert credits, loopholes and deductions for mega-corporations and the wealthy elite into the code. Only those with wealth, power and influence are allowed to “sway” legislation in Congress. This is called crony capitalist democracy. The current propaganda coming from the GOP candidates is our poor mega-corporations that outsourced millions of American jobs to Asia are overburdened by the 35% corporate tax rate, despite the fact they actually pay an effective rate of 18% and many multi-billion dollar conglomerates pay nothing. The truth is not important or relevant to those running the show in this country.

  • The most damaging and far reaching use of propaganda, misinformation and outright scare tactics by the financial and political elites was during the financial meltdown during September and October of 2008. The American public was whipped into a frenzy of fear by the protectors of Wall Street – Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke – in order to funnel trillions of taxpayer funds to the Wall Street cartel that created the crisis in the first place. The governing elite declared the economic system would fail unless Wall Street was bailed out. When some courageous Congress members balked at passing TARP, the masters of the universe crashed the stock market with their super computer trading machines. The hysterical pundits on CNBC and the other corporate media outlets shrieked that our way of life would surely die if the banks were not saved. TARP was passed and Wall Street bankers rejoiced by paying themselves billions in bonuses. The truth not revealed to the masses was that the failure of a few reckless ravenously greedy Wall Street banks would not have destroyed our economic system. It would have destroyed the wealth of psychotic bankers like Blankfiein, Dimon, Pandit and a slew of other criminals on Wall Street. Wealthy stockholders and bondholders would have been wiped out. Bank depositors would not have lost a dime. The irresponsible risk junky bankers would have seen their banks liquidated. Bad debts would have been written off. The remaining good assets would have been sold to prudent banks. But instead, the ethically and financially bankrupt were saved by their corporate fascist partners in crime at the expense of the confused and disoriented American citizens. Saving bankers had been successfully marketed to the sheep as being on par with saving the nation. Chalk another one up for Bernays and his brethren.
  • After Bush and his banker cronies successfully fleeced trillions from taxpayers and handed it to bankrupt bankers, Obama and his minions continued the con on the middle class. With the help of Pelosi and Reid he was able to dispense $800 billion of payoffs to various contributors, constituents and special interests while calling it a job creating stimulus plan. When it became clear to even the ignorant masses that no jobs were being created, the governing elite channeled their best Edward Bernays and invented the term “jobs saved”. The beauty of this concept was the impossibility of ever verifying the figures spouted by the paid shills disguised as expert economists. Billions more were funneled to the housing industry and auto industry as paybacks for their contributions in the form of homebuyer tax schemes and Cash for Clunker scams. The bill for these complete failures was passed onto future generations as the National Debt soared from $10.6 trillion to $15.2 trillion in just three years of Obama rule.
  • The latest fraud being perpetrated on the American public is the lie about energy independence touted by GOP candidates for president. Rather than leveling with the people and explaining the facts of peak cheap oil to them honestly, the governing elite prefer slogans, half-truths and fantasy projections. The left touts solar, ethanol and other green energy fantasies, while the right peddles drilling, fracking, and fake estimates of supplies. Both are lying. All the cheap easy to access oil in the world has been found. The oil being discovered and accessed today is harder to reach, more expensive to produce and requires producers to expend almost one barrel of oil to produce a new barrel of oil. The easy to access oil is being depleted at the same rate that new hard to access oil is being brought on line. Meanwhile, demand grows across the globe. Our far flung suburban sprawl society teeters on the edge of an abyss and the governing elite pretend all is well.

The above list of abuses committed by the ruling oligarchy pales in comparison to the totalitarian like measures that have been executed since September 11,2001. With the country cowering in fear, the governing elite passed an Orwellian like 350 page bill that changed this country forever. The USA PATRIOT Act, which changed the relationship between our government and its citizens forever, was supposedly written, introduced, debated and passed in the space of 30 days in October 2001. I wonder which public relations firm came up with the Orwellian acronym?  Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. The purpose of naming this bill was to imply that anyone who was against allowing our government to spy, monitor or place under surveillance anyone our government chooses would make you unpatriotic. The American people chose implied safety and security over true freedom and liberty by their deafening silence. The governing elite used fear and propaganda to achieve their goal of more domination over our lives.

Drunk with their new found power, the political elite decided to change the world by using their spin machine to create visions of mushroom clouds over U.S. cities in the minds of a gullible public to craft a believable storyline for the invasion of Iraq. A willingly pliant press corp. spread the misinformation about weapons of mass destruction and Al Qaeda connections to fashion a convincing plot for pre-emptive war on a sovereign country that did not threaten our country. Who benefitted from war with Iraq? The military industrial complex reaped billions in profits and the Wall Street banks bankrolled the invasion with more debt. It only destroyed the lives of thousands of low income American soldiers, killed 100,000 Iraqi peasants, drove the price of oil from $25 a barrel to $100 a barrel, and will ultimately cost American taxpayers $4 trillion. And the great thing about passage of the Patriot Act and invasion of Iraq was the bipartisan cooperation pushing us ever closer to an authoritarian state.    

The erroneous notion that Americans have a choice between two political parties that offer distinct and clear opposing policies addressing the major issues facing our country is still perpetuated by politicians and the corporate media. It is untrue, as we have seen the Obama administration employ the same repressive methods instituted by the Bush administration. Military spending rises. Wars of choice proliferate and grow. Obamacare is virtually identical to a plan created by the leading GOP presidential nominee. Further restrictions, regulations and laws are put forth to keep the masses controlled, sedated and fearful. The governing elite and their propagators of misinformation are again formulating a false storyline to convince the easily fooled ignorant public that a sovereign country 7,500 miles from our shores is actually a threat to their lives. While our government has already committed acts of war against Iran (sanctions, assassinations, cyber warfare, and using drones to spy), the public is being worked into a bloodthirsty frenzy of nationalism. Bipartisanship worked so well with Iraq. How could it possibly go wrong with Iran?                      

In the last six months cracks have begun appearing in the fascist façade masquerading as a democratic republic. The rise of the Occupy Movement, increasing pain and discontent among the middle class, a small but vocal irate minority utilizing the internet to organize, inform and spread knowledge, and the growing support among the liberty minded for Ron Paul’s candidacy are the opening salvos in a coming revolution. The volleys being traded between the forces of the American aristocratic elite and the leading forces of this revolution are only the opening shots on par with Bunker Hill. The oligarchs have won the initial skirmishes with the Occupy Movement through their control of superior mercenary fire power and ability to falsify the message and nature of the protestors. The corporate mass media propaganda machine convinced an apathetic, non critical thinking public the protestors were nothing but dirty, lazy, college students looking for government handouts organized and led by George Soros. Journalist Robert Fisk reveals the true nature of the protests and rage:

“And that is the true parallel in the West. The protest movements are indeed against Big Business – a perfectly justified cause – and against “governments”. What they have really divined, however, albeit a bit late in the day, is that they have for decades bought into a fraudulent democracy: they dutifully vote for political parties – which then hand their democratic mandate and people’s power to the banks and the derivative traders and the rating agencies, all three backed up by the slovenly and dishonest coterie of “experts” from America’s top universities and “think tanks”, who maintain the fiction that this is a crisis of globalization rather than a massive financial con trick foisted on the voters.

The banks and the rating agencies have become the dictators of the West. Like the Mubaraks and Ben Alis, the banks believed – and still believe – they are owners of their countries. The elections which give them power have – through the gutlessness and collusion of governments – become as false as the polls to which the Arabs were forced to troop decade after decade to anoint their own national property owners. Goldman Sachs and the Royal Bank of Scotland became the Mubaraks and Ben Alis of the US and the UK, each gobbling up the people’s wealth in bogus rewards and bonuses for their vicious bosses on a scale infinitely more rapacious than their greedy Arab dictator-brothers could imagine.” – Robert Fisk, Bankers are the Dictators of the West

The mounting desperation of the oligarchs is palpable. They have circled the wagons as one of their leaders – Jon Corzine – was caught stealing $1.2 billion directly from the accounts of his customers after making reckless bets that went wrong and bankrupted his firm. The Department of Homeland Security coordinated brutality unleashed upon peaceful protestors in cities across America opened the eyes of more people to the approach of an increasingly oppressive state. The media lapdogs have come out in force with an organized smear campaign designed to derail the presidential campaign of Ron Paul, the only candidate talking about real change and a real downsizing of the American empire. Ron Paul’s platform of liberty, freedom, non-interventionism, sound money, and a government not controlled by bankers and corporate interests is anathema to the ruling elite of both parties. A vote for one of the hand selected candidates offered by the moneyed interests is simply a vote for the special interest status quo. As our economic system becomes more saturated with debt by the day a tipping point approaches.     

Obama’s signing of the NDAA, overwhelmingly supported by politicians of both parties, now gives the ruling class the ability to track down and imprison indefinitely any American citizen they consider a threat to their power, without charges. The only remaining thorn in their side is the internet. The internet has allowed critical thinkers to share information, organize resistance to the oligarchs, create communities of like-minded citizens, and allow individuals the opportunity to turn the tables and perform surveillance on the state. The state does not like an unfettered internet because it allows citizens to find the non-manipulated truth and undermines their mainstream media propaganda machine. Young people are less able to be manipulated. The introduction of abominable legislation like SOPA and PIPA are a blatant attempt by the governing elite to crush dissent by locking down the internet and eliminating sites that question their version of reality.    

Humans are a flawed species. Our minds are easily manipulated. We don’t like pain. We prefer instant gratification. We are susceptible to mass delusion. We will often choose hope over critical thought. Those with higher IQs will regularly attempt to take advantage of those with lower IQs. Fear and greed are the two motivations used by the minority in power to control and manipulate the majority. The American people have been led astray by a small group of powerful men. We were herded through a door in the wall of perception that promised an American dream of material goods, entitlements and pleasure with no obligations or responsibility to future generations. There is only one choice that can save this country from ruin. Each individual must make a choice to either to continue supporting the manipulative, corrupt status quo or coming back through the Door in the Wall.

  

“The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less sure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend” – Aldous Huxley

 

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Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:14 | 2094444 Jolly.Roger
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Synchronicity dude!

I was re-reading the Doors of Perception this very morning!

Not sure how Huxley' Mescaline/spiritualism quote pertains to finance .. Guess I'll have to read the whole piece ro find out.. 

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:27 | 2094485 swissaustrian
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Ron Paul anti-TSA moneybomb right now:

www.ronpaul2012.com

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:56 | 2094528 economics1996
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Three main culprits of wealth inequality;

1.   Inflation.  The Federal Reserve System.  End the Fed.  Gold/Silver.

2.  Government transfer/taxes consumption.  Transfer payments were 2% in the 1950s of the GDP and are now 6%.  Taxes taken out of a paycheck is 15.3%, for bull shit vote buying.

3.  Foreign born people in the US was 4.7% in 1970, today 12.3%.  Most blue collar workers.  Supply and demand.

http://usa-wethepeople.com/2011/09/income-inequality-explained-for-robert-reich/

To create a strong middle class;

1.  End the Federal Reserve.  Return to free banking using both gold and silver as reserves.

2.  Shrink federal, state, and local governments to no more than 25% consumption of the GDP.  Currently we are at 45%.

3.  Limit the federal government to no more than 11% of the GDP consumption.

4.  Restrict the federal government regulations to fraud and safety enforcement.

The corporations realized they could not set up successful cartels in the late 19th century and early 20th century without the assistance of the federal government.  That (1913) was when the rape officially began.  It stated in 1901 when the last supporter of the gold standard McKinley was assassinated and the progressive Roosevelt made president.  And you can go back before that in 1896 when the Republicans figured out they could demoralize Democrats by having a soft money Bryan.

Bla, bla, bla.  Lock and load.  Bullshit walks.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:55 | 2094795 Stuck on Zero
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Add a fourth cause of wealth inequality: Government welfare to the rich.  This includes special tax rates and shelters, insider information, legal protection for cartels, low interest loans, special deals, any of another 70,000 pages of special privileges.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:41 | 2094807 hedgeless_horseman
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"Fight Club was the beginning, now it's moved out of the basement, it's called Project Mayhem."
-Tyler Durden

 

PROJECT MAYHEM HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

 

Print as many copies of this article as you can afford, then distribute them to people on the street.

To distribute 10,000 in ten days hire some unemployed neighbors to help.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 04:08 | 2095660 fnord88
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Agreed. I post it on alot of facebook walls, and everybody with half a brain loves it. In fact, Jim Quinn, I fucking love all your articles. Love Huxley, love V for Vendetta, and know that in the not too distant future, those of us that care will have no choice but to fight, and die, least liberty is forever banished from our lives and the lives of our children.

I will not live on my knees. I will not accept the yoke of servitude. I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

 

In short, PTB, go fucking fuck yourselves you sadistic, corrupt cunt fucks.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:45 | 2094530 Conrad Murray
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Blatant placement jacking. Completely relevant to the excellent article however...

Documenatary(ish) Viewings:
The American Dream - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPWH5TlbloU
The Century of the Self - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyPzGUsYyKM
Human Resources - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOZO7vK7OEo

Clips:
Robert Welch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZU0c8DAIU4
JFK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhZk8ronces
Eisenhower - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY

Reading Material:
Propaganda by Edward Bernays - http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/bernprop.html
Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann - http://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/CDFinal/Lippman/contents.html
Common Sense by Thomas Paine - http://www.archive.org/details/commonsense00147gut
Human Action by Ludwig von Mises - https://mises.org/resources/3250
Human Action Study Guide - https://mises.org/resources/3810/
Lots of Free Books(buy the ones you like!) - https://mises.org/literature.aspx
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville - http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/815

When You're Ready to Join Project Mayhem:
https://www.torproject.org/
http://www.i2p2.de/
https://tails.boum.org/

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:53 | 2094549 LibertyIn2010
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CM,

Great list above.

Another great series for newbies is "Money as Debt" that can be found on youtube.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:14 | 2094719 g speed
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And then there is this-- chickens coming home to roost.  Soon the dollar is not so good at the store- then the shit will hit the fan --and Ows will have its day. I think that the other countries have had a boost of confidance because of the Ows movement in this country. Some times little things have big effects.

http://www.debka.com/article/21673/

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:11 | 2094588 spankfish
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Got cult of the dead cow?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:23 | 2094906 Gully Foyle
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And?

Look at this quote from the Tao te Ching

Chapter 3

Do not glorify the achievers
So the people will not squabble
Do not treasure goods that are hard to obtain
So the people will not become thieves
Do not show the desired things
So their hearts will not be confused

Thus the governance of the sage:
Empties their hearts
Fills their bellies
Weakens their ambitions
Strengthens their bones

Let the people have no cunning and no greed
So those who scheme will not dare to meddle

Act without contrivance
And nothing will be beyond control

This from the Bible

1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

This from the Quran

Thou wilt indeed find them, of all people, most greedy of life,-even more than the idolaters: Each one of them wishes He could be given a life of a thousand years: But the grant of such life will not save him from (due) punishment. For Allah sees well all that they do.

 

Religion and Mysticism have laid out how people are controlled and how to beat that control.

About Buddhism

The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.

Atisha (11th century Tibetan Buddhist master)

The Noble Eightfold Path describes the way to the end of suffering, as it was laid out by Siddhartha Gautama. It is a practical guideline to ethical and mental development with the goal of freeing the individual from attachments and delusions; and it finally leads to understanding the truth about all things. Together with the Four Noble Truths it constitutes the gist of Buddhism. Great emphasis is put on the practical aspect, because it is only through practice that one can attain a higher level of existence and finally reach Nirvana. The eight aspects of the path are not to be understood as a sequence of single steps, instead they are highly interdependent principles that have to be seen in relationship with each other.

1. Right View

Right view is the beginning and the end of the path, it simply means to see and to understand things as they really are and to realise the Four Noble Truth. As such, right view is the cognitive aspect of wisdom. It means to see things through, to grasp the impermanent and imperfect nature of worldly objects and ideas, and to understand the law of karma and karmic conditioning. Right view is not necessarily an intellectual capacity, just as wisdom is not just a matter of intelligence. Instead, right view is attained, sustained, and enhanced through all capacities of mind. It begins with the intuitive insight that all beings are subject to suffering and it ends with complete understanding of the true nature of all things. Since our view of the world forms our thoughts and our actions, right view yields right thoughts and right actions.

2. Right Intention

While right view refers to the cognitive aspect of wisdom, right intention refers to the volitional aspect, i.e. the kind of mental energy that controls our actions. Right intention can be described best as commitment to ethical and mental self-improvement. Buddha distinguishes three types of right intentions: 1. the intention of renunciation, which means resistance to the pull of desire, 2. the intention of good will, meaning resistance to feelings of anger and aversion, and 3. the intention of harmlessness, meaning not to think or act cruelly, violently, or aggressively, and to develop compassion.

3. Right Speech

Right speech is the first principle of ethical conduct in the eightfold path. Ethical conduct is viewed as a guideline to moral discipline, which supports the other principles of the path. This aspect is not self-sufficient, however, essential, because mental purification can only be achieved through the cultivation of ethical conduct. The importance of speech in the context of Buddhist ethics is obvious: words can break or save lives, make enemies or friends, start war or create peace. Buddha explained right speech as follows: 1. to abstain from false speech, especially not to tell deliberate lies and not to speak deceitfully, 2. to abstain from slanderous speech and not to use words maliciously against others, 3. to abstain from harsh words that offend or hurt others, and 4. to abstain from idle chatter that lacks purpose or depth. Positively phrased, this means to tell the truth, to speak friendly, warm, and gently and to talk only when necessary.

4. Right Action

The second ethical principle, right action, involves the body as natural means of expression, as it refers to deeds that involve bodily actions. Unwholesome actions lead to unsound states of mind, while wholesome actions lead to sound states of mind. Again, the principle is explained in terms of abstinence: right action means 1. to abstain from harming sentient beings, especially to abstain from taking life (including suicide) and doing harm intentionally or delinquently, 2. to abstain from taking what is not given, which includes stealing, robbery, fraud, deceitfulness, and dishonesty, and 3. to abstain from sexual misconduct. Positively formulated, right action means to act kindly and compassionately, to be honest, to respect the belongings of others, and to keep sexual relationships harmless to others. Further details regarding the concrete meaning of right action can be found in the Precepts.

5. Right Livelihood

Right livelihood means that one should earn one's living in a righteous way and that wealth should be gained legally and peacefully. The Buddha mentions four specific activities that harm other beings and that one should avoid for this reason: 1. dealing in weapons, 2. dealing in living beings (including raising animals for slaughter as well as slave trade and prostitution), 3. working in meat production and butchery, and 4. selling intoxicants and poisons, such as alcohol and drugs. Furthermore any other occupation that would violate the principles of right speech and right action should be avoided.

6. Right Effort

Right effort can be seen as a prerequisite for the other principles of the path. Without effort, which is in itself an act of will, nothing can be achieved, whereas misguided effort distracts the mind from its task, and confusion will be the consequence. Mental energy is the force behind right effort; it can occur in either wholesome or unwholesome states. The same type of energy that fuels desire, envy, aggression, and violence can on the other side fuel self-discipline, honesty, benevolence, and kindness. Right effort is detailed in four types of endeavours that rank in ascending order of perfection: 1. to prevent the arising of unarisen unwholesome states, 2. to abandon unwholesome states that have already arisen, 3. to arouse wholesome states that have not yet arisen, and 4. to maintain and perfect wholesome states already arisen.

7. Right Mindfulness

Right mindfulness is the controlled and perfected faculty of cognition. It is the mental ability to see things as they are, with clear consciousness. Usually, the cognitive process begins with an impression induced by perception, or by a thought, but then it does not stay with the mere impression. Instead, we almost always conceptualise sense impressions and thoughts immediately. We interpret them and set them in relation to other thoughts and experiences, which naturally go beyond the facticity of the original impression. The mind then posits concepts, joins concepts into constructs, and weaves those constructs into complex interpretative schemes. All this happens only half consciously, and as a result we often see things obscured. Right mindfulness is anchored in clear perception and it penetrates impressions without getting carried away. Right mindfulness enables us to be aware of the process of conceptualisation in a way that we actively observe and control the way our thoughts go. Buddha accounted for this as the four foundations of mindfulness: 1. contemplation of the body, 2. contemplation of feeling (repulsive, attractive, or neutral), 3. contemplation of the state of mind, and 4. contemplation of the phenomena.

8. Right Concentration

The eighth principle of the path, right concentration, refers to the development of a mental force that occurs in natural consciousness, although at a relatively low level of intensity, namely concentration. Concentration in this context is described as one-pointedness of mind, meaning a state where all mental faculties are unified and directed onto one particular object. Right concentration for the purpose of the eightfold path means wholesome concentration, i.e. concentration on wholesome thoughts and actions. The Buddhist method of choice to develop right concentration is through the practice of meditation. The meditating mind focuses on a selected object. It first directs itself onto it, then sustains concentration, and finally intensifies concentration step by step. Through this practice it becomes natural to apply elevated levels concentration also in everyday situations.

But who the fuck REALLY wants to do the HARD work required to FREE themselves? It's so much easier to point out the manipulation and bitch about it then continue doing the same damn thing.


 


Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:44 | 2095029 GeorgeHayduke
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Wow! Lots of good wisdom there. Thanks for posting it.

I am trying to do the hard work and achieve some of these goals, currently through Aikido, reading, learning and working on myself. Yes it is hard work, but you are right, it is about the only way to truly free yourself. Thanks for the reminder.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 05:05 | 2095688 StychoKiller
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So, go forth and alleviate some suffering: http://www.worldvision.org

(arugably, the most efficient charity in existence!)

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:40 | 2095258 Conrad Murray
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"And?

But who the fuck REALLY wants to do the HARD work required to FREE themselves? It's so much easier to point out the manipulation and bitch about it then continue doing the same damn thing."

Well, I don't know who shit in your Corn Flakes, but there's no need to be a cunt. If you think being a Buddhist is the key to salvation, go for it. If the words of the Christ comfort you, good. If the Ayat are enough to guide your life and keep the Shaytan Army at bay, more power to you. But, I'm not even understanding why you think an awakening to the manipulation might not lead someone to do the REALLY HARD work required to FREE themselves. Maybe you think a Sunday afternoon with some Jesus biscuits and a pint of port are all that's needed to miraculously change the world, but I don't.

tl;dr - What is your point?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:55 | 2095650 vato poco
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Gotta go with Conrad on this one. The point of the article above; the point of Bernays' writings is that we're all puppets even though we don't have to be. That's just straight pull-your-head-outta-yer-ass 2x4 to the head *philosophy*, seems to me. Make a decision to see the truth, and go from there. OK, fine, Buddhism and Taoism and all the other religions are just peachy - well, not Islam: Islam is "the most retrograde force ever conceived" - and while each encompasses aspects of a philosophy into its little rules & regs & secret handshakes, it just gets in the way of this discussion. As the man says, why shit in the corn flakes? As the 20th century American bullshit master Keanu Reeves said in his grossly underrated 'surfing & bank robbing' masterpiece "Point Break"....."Wars of Religion always make me laugh because basically you're fighting over who has the best imaginary friend."

That's not GOD yanking us around like befuddled cattle being hustled into the abbatoir - it's jackoffs  like Obama & Hannity & Maddow & Bartiromo & Lady Gaga and whatever other shitwits they trot out in front of the cameras these days. ("Look! A shiny object!!") Along with the infinitely smarter, more powerful folks who always, *always* stay off camera. So why yammer about religion when it ain't the issue at hand here??

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 05:09 | 2095690 StychoKiller
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So, I guess you believe that the World is spinning along just fine without any spiritual guidance...If that's not true, then go forth and alleviate some suffering: http://www.worldvision.org

(arugably, the most efficient charity in existence!)

Help those that cannot help themselves, ya keyboard jockey.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 13:53 | 2096763 vato poco
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"Help those who cannot help themselves"? Why? What has "help" ever done for the po'? We read of entire families that've been on the UK dole for *generations*. Before Chicago tore down its infamous Cabrini-Green projects, I'd read of people who'd lived in that "temporary" rat-and-gang infested shithole for 50+ years. And the go-getters still living in the "temporary" trailer houses 6 years after FEMA "gave" 'em away after Katrina. In the end, were they really being 'helped'? Or just made useless wards of the state, whose only purpose in life was to vote for the pricks who offered them the most free goodies in the next election.

Destroying a welfare queen's TV will make her screech like an enraged sow, but it would "help" her more than any 10 new compassionate aid programs.

Kicking/suspending the ass of a disruptive classroom douchebag will make him/her + their mama scqueal. But everyone else benefits from the improved classroom discipline, as well as learn the hard lesson that Life itself can and does demand certain standards of behavior - and results.

"Alleviate suffering"? You mean like back in the mid '80's, when all them rock stars whomped up a purty song 'bout starving Affikins? How'd that work out for 'em? Is hunger now "alleviated" in Africa? No? Why? Can't prove it, but I'll bet you big bucks that Norman Bourlag fed and saved more people all by his lonesome than every religious, musical & governmental "aid" feel-good programs combined ever did.

Pray to whoever ya want, ya keyboard bible-thumper. But in this context, the *bible* (or whatever) ain't gonna be what removes the scales from your eyes. 90% of those who "cannot help themselves".......can, actually. Ever seen a chinese/japanese/korean beggar, outside of china/japan/korea? Me neither. Ever stop to wonder why that might be?

Lastly, again, the post in question was about detecting and defeating propaganda, seeing at last the mechanisms of the molding of public perceptions, and how to look behind the curtain. Last I checked, those **weren't** the objectives of any religion featuring a structed, hierarchical, top-down command & control leadership cynically offering "spiritual guidance" - and, of course, political advice.

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:45 | 2095031 robobbob
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a must read/watch list for anyone just waking up. and a good list for evryone in general.

One week of this material being taught in public schools would destroy the system.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:45 | 2094780 Bangin7GramRocks
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Ron Paul Supporter Likes The Way Paul Tells It Like It Has No Chance Of Being

RICHMOND, IN Self-proclaimed strict constitutionalist and freethinker Rick Crawford told reporters Monday he is supporting Ron Paul in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries because of the way the candidate looks people directly in the eye, doesn't mince words, and tells it like it will never, ever be in a million years. "Ron cuts right through the fat and doesn't sugarcoat anything when he talks about policies that would be absolutely impossible to implement, like abolishing the federal income tax, eliminating Medicare, or putting the nation's currency back on the gold standard," Crawford said as he pounded a hand-painted "Ron Paul 2012" sign in his front lawn. "He's not afraid to give Americans no-nonsense straight talk about his completely delusional fantasy world. That's why I'm part of the highly unlikely Ron Paul revolution." Sources close to Crawford's family said his wife supports Mitt Romney because of the way he tells it like people want to hear it.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:42 | 2095413 323
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lol

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:00 | 2095451 illyia
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Craven. Absolutely Onion.

lol,

i

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:50 | 2095865 flattrader
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TSA Money Bomb??? Stunt with Sonny??

That was my first take on the incident.  He's not above it.  He's been pandering to his Christian Reconstructionist nutcase followers for years.  Why not the new followers who think he's all about legalized pot and sexual freedom.

False flag operation on his supppoters to open their wallets.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:47 | 2095966 Karl von Bahnhof
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Yep...unbelievable!
I am european, living in post-soc czech.rep
When 1989 came I was 22 just in the university

It was sooo sudden!

In the beginning people awaken, that ruling oligarchy lost their legitimacy. Actually the beginning was an record, secretly taken on party top meeting where the leader was speaking and we haerd him saying "we are standing alone like pole in the fence"
People having this on casettes and listening the tape secretly home and laughing.
That was time of state censorsip and one-party rule, with police, secret police and state spies in schools, officess...
All the year people were scratching their heads and asking " how is this possible? Something must happen!
And nothing happened for almost a year. But people were still saying, something will happen!

And then " swooosh" november 1989 and within a month everything was upside down

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:51 | 2095975 Karl von Bahnhof
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And now, reading all the news on my pod, here in PRG i have that strange feeling again.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:21 | 2096076 honestann
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I soooo hope you are right and I am wrong.
I fear those who understand will never act.
I soooo hope you are right and I am wrong.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:57 | 2096166 Karl von Bahnhof
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If people do not act, they will not deserve a change in status quo...

Yes, you ... But now I say we ... Must act, again

Yes, its risky, will be pain and confusion. But cant be worse. Actually we see that things will be much worse if they dont act! And when they will understand this, then it starts.

Here the things are the same, just light blue, do not worry

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:28 | 2094486 Joshua Falken
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This what Ron Paul is trying wake America up to.

 

But Americans and Debt Enslaved Europeans are too dumb to realise the Status Quo is killing them

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:38 | 2094569 The Deleuzian
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Huxley has been doing the rounds once again...Bernays and his Father in-law Freud are never out of the circuit either....Although again...Ellul's Propaganda is better for the digestion...

Correction...Sigmund Freud was Bernay's uncle

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:56 | 2095080 New World Chaos
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The emerging mind of the cosmos spends much of its brainpower quietly contemplating hippy-trippy ideas about love and interconnedtedness.  This is why mystics, hippies, shamans and other seekers often get flooded by synchronicities even while sober: They get close to the nerve center.  The synchronicity surge is par for the course in such circles, and is considered to be a sign that one is on the right path.  I think that the Mind is now focusing some attention on taking down the cabal.  ZH is central to this effort, hence the recent uptick in synchronicities.  There are others who have noticed.  Anyone reading this notice an increase?  If the trend is real and if it becomes obvious enough to give you the creeps, don't worry.  Take it as a sign that ZH has friends in high places.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:07 | 2095466 Blanche DuBois
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Yes, New World, what you say is right on. The only thing is it seems to be happening with different subject matters between me and my young daughter! I was in another room for a few minutes; came back in the family room and my daughter asked me a question about the exact thing I was pondering for only a moment! It was kind of spooky!

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:07 | 2095508 New World Chaos
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Freaky, huh?  How often does it happen?  What do you think it means for you?

I had the same effect with a roomate.  Obvious incidents up to a couple times per week.  With people who spend a lot of time together it's harder to tell if the synchronicities are God's synapses firing or if they come from a subtle and instinctive local bond.  Is there is a common subject theme with these incidents?   If so, you may want to dive down that rabbit hole and figure out how it relates to you and the world.  And if you get bombarded with something from multiple unrelated sources at the same time, that is your cue to do something with it.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:12 | 2095565 Blanche DuBois
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I don't know but I have some concerns because my daughter is wise beyond her years and I don't want her to be anxious about anything, especially some of these topics discussed here. But if she is going to be able to read my mind (wtf!) and pick up controversial subject matters and ask me about them, I have my work cutout for me!

Any age-appropriate reading materials you can recommend to introduce these cosmic topics to an intelligent young girl/lady?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 06:19 | 2095611 New World Chaos
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Ah, so there's a distinct transmitter/receiver pattern.  Had that with the roomie, too.  Probably just "garden-variety" telepathy (yeah, I know, WTF?!?)

How about The Emperor Has No Clothes, Animal Farm, and A Wrinkle in Time?   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix?  What about The Matrix?  Would introduce her to the idea that consensus reality is fake.  That most people like it and will defend it. 

You might as well just tell her the ugly truth about the world (leave out the part about the whole clusterfuck being driven by an ancient Satanic cult).  You probably won't be able to hide the broad truth for more than a year anyway, even if you had a silver-foil hat.  Maybe just tell her that some bad people are trying to take over the world by creating money out of nothing and buying up all the real stuff and plus all the politicians and all the cops and all the TV companies and all the fancy toys with this money.  Tell her this is making the money lose its value so pretty soon they will have to create a new kind of money for the whole world, but ordinary people must not work for the new world money, or the elites will start the same scam again but on a much bigger scale.  Tell her that the whole paper world (including the laws) is based on bribery and fraud and that it is better to have real things, and knowledge, and family because these are inherently worth more and are also harder to steal.  Tell her not to trust cops because they're all just bullies who like to wreck lives in exchange for the fake money.  Tell her that all wars are really about money. 

Tell her that all "choices" offered on TV are fake choices designed to give the illusion of freedom.  Tell her that anyone who wears a suit on TV is being paid funny-money to spew lies.  Switch on Fox News and point out lies in depth, without trying to keep up like an auctioneer.  Tell her that when someone on TV spreads fear, it is only to make people want to give up their freedom to the government.  Teach her about false flags.  Tell her that all the celebrities get paid lots of funny-money to make people stupid so that they can't figure out what is happening to the world.  Tell her that most people who are part of the conspiracy are too stupid to know it- including her teachers.  Tell her that most people have no thoughts of their own, but instead drift through life reacting to emotions which were implanted by others, and they don't even know the real reasons why they make the decisions they do.  If she hasn't had too much public school, she will probably understand all of this much easier than you would think. 

Tell her you will help her through it.  Also, give her hope that more and more people are discovering these things every day and that someday soon, the whole paper world could burn.  This would be scary for those who are attached to it but it would also be a much better world to live in afterwards.  Don't know how "cosmic" you want to make it, but you could tell her there is a battle for the future of this planet going on behind the scenes, and our side has some powerful allies (possibly including the Universe itself).  But be sure to tell her that ultimately it is the ordinary people who must decide what kind of future we will have.  Tell her freedom is her birthright.  Tell her that we humans are capable of much more than we imagine, and that we will figure that out if we can just pull all the squid-tentacles out of our minds. 

Good luck pulling through this.  Hope you find somewhere safe to ride it out.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 11:12 | 2096198 Karl von Bahnhof
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NWCH your post is fantastic!
Thx and good luck!

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:36 | 2095516 Sizzurp
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I've noticed this phenomenon.  I used to feel quite alone in my thinking, but now I see words and thoughts that I have expressed multiplying like weeds, others are saying these things.  Connections are being made and these shared ideas are accelerating.  I feel the awakening, it is the truth that binds us. Great article.  It pulls back the curtains a bit more.  Soon these charlatans at the controls will be fully exposed, naked and ugly for all to see.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:51 | 2095541 Dr.Vannostrand
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Yes, happy to know I'm not the only one

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:27 | 2095631 jomama
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pass that shit over here!

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 11:00 | 2096174 Karl von Bahnhof
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Absulutely! With people i dont know personally half way across the planet.

Very strange, intensive but interesting feeling:)

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 17:18 | 2097673 Nephilim
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God im not jonathan meades

No need for soap

No help

gee

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:14 | 2094447 Bwahaha WAGFDSMB
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The policeman's salary depends on him not understanding he is part of the 99%.  The police will "just follow orders."  This does not end well.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:07 | 2094705 GeorgeHayduke
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Unfortunately, the policeman's salary, the soldier's, the prison guard's, the TSA Agent's, the Homeland Security Agent's, FBI Agent's, etc... depend on not understanding that fact.

The feudal lords have always been able to employ those who don't understand, or who are bigots, racists and sadists to do their dirty work. If their divide and conquer tactic work yet again, we all lose yet again.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:50 | 2095426 323
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Whoa! It's not like they give them IQ tests or anything to make sure they're not smart enough.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:15 | 2095489 illyia
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Big fish bully the smaller fish bully the smaller fish bully the smaller fish all the way down to the least of us.

Each thinks he is better than his "inferiors" and so is a Big Man (around campus/neighborhood/town). Each dreams of being invited  to dinner with the Big Man (those in the know) one level up; being welcomed into the superior tribe. All the way up are the PTB whose names we "shall never know" (because we haven't been invited to dinner).

This is Larger Picture Belief Software: The overall structure of the human tribe, itself. Marketeers certainly use it but they didn't invent it. The hierarchy came with being born human. It is neither good nor bad. It just is.

Why it goes haywire ... too long.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:17 | 2096066 honestann
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The only good news is that wearing a uniform makes many agents of the predators-that-be and predator-class blatantly obvious.  Those uniforms and badges will make them easy targets, much like the red-coats in the revolutionary war.  The bad news is, the less stupid predators wear plain clothes... though the suits and cars many of them adopt make them somewhat visible too.  The worst predators, the ones behind the curtains, are rarely if ever seen in public.  But without their paid jack-booted-thugs, they are powerless.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:14 | 2094448 jomama
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the only thing keeping most people in modern society from being happy with what they have is their own greed.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:35 | 2094650 stirners_ghost
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What keeps me unhappy are the greedy bastards who impose duties on my existence, and the legions of tards who sanction and perpetuate this protection racket because their BIOS was flashed with Stockholm Syndrome straight from the factory.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:11 | 2094714 GeorgeHayduke
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Agreed. They have made it nearly impossible to "drop out" from society anymore. When all land is private property (which is taxed), and the remaining public lands are managed in a way that does not allow refugees or squatting, you MUST be part of the system or be homeless, wandering, etc... This works well for those who want to keep a nervous, low-wage supply of serfs available.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:12 | 2096050 honestann
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their BIOS was flashed with Stockholm Syndrome straight from the factory

Oh man, that's such a concise, elegant description!  Hahahahaha.  Did you make that up?  Brilliant!

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:33 | 2095920 SofaPapa
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I was at the gym yesterday and I couldn't find the remote to kill the television they had on while I was waiting for my friend to finish his workout.  The Today show was on.  They had a "credit report specialist" on.  It is scary to watch how they market slavery.  Taking on debt is a good thing, we were assured.  The larger your credit line, the better your credit score.  Get more cards, the banks will love you.  etc.  When paying attention, it's impossible to miss the fact that debt slavery is being actively sold to us under the wrapping of financial power.  Orwell was a genius.  Debt is freedom.  That is the message being sold, and sadly, so many people are still buying. :(

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:10 | 2096048 honestann
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substitute stupidity for greed.  greed is only one form of stupidity, and people are stupid in so many ways.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:20 | 2094464 Irish66
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Subliminal Perception

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:20 | 2094615 The Deleuzian
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Study after study...It doesn't work very well...Consciousness is a way better vehicle to control us....

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:23 | 2094468 Texas Ginslinger
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The FREE online BBC doc called The Century Of The Self describes Berneys mastery of marketing to us sheeple.

Highly recommended.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:22 | 2094471 crawldaddy
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wow, one of the best post I have read in sometime. Well done. Lets hope more and more of us wake up and see our society and surroundings for what they are.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:27 | 2094481 Xanadu_doo
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IMO, it was less the DHS crackdown and more WINTER that stopped OWS, or should I say "suspended"...come spring, they will be back and in bigger numbers. Unless the 99% get their own bailout or at least copius amounts of unicorn skittle-shit.

2012 is gonna be interesting. 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:04 | 2094579 Poetic injustice
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No worries, by spring army will be trained for proper crowd dispersal.
Why do you think joint urban trainings of police/army are done as we speak?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:27 | 2094482 I am Jobe
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The Bullshit
Behind The Scenes: Writing the 2012 State of the Union Address
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxwcJx0-21E&feature=g-logo&context=G22cf6...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:28 | 2094487 Henry Chinaski
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Fuck the establishment. Learn to fly under the radar and owe nothing. Then you are free.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:43 | 2094523 I am Jobe
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Sheeples are too inbred to understand this

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:25 | 2094739 HungrySeagull
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When you owe very little to nothing, it is very free. However it takes a strong disclipine to maintain such a position.

The bad part of all this is prior to my awakening, I have wasted 30+ good years living a lie. If I can somehow save even one from the same fate then I will be happy.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:02 | 2096015 honestann
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better late than never!  congrats.

Thu, 01/26/2012 - 02:59 | 2098955 respect the cock
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I'm almost there.  Paid off $35k in debt in the past year.

Still owe $20k in student loans, if I pay the minimums they will be done in 2025...1/2 way there to being able to pay off in full.

I lucked out in the housing market.  Never bought.  All my friends did in 2009 (the bottom is in!)...now they're $50k underwater.  I put an offer down on a brand new DR Horton home this past April (the bottom is in! and interest rates are going up soon!) before getting cold feet about the whole thing.  

Smartest decision I made in years...probably ever.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:08 | 2094840 gravedestruction
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"The debtor is slave to the lender." Solomon - 977 B.C.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:36 | 2095242 Calmyourself
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Because the radar net will never get tighter or eliminate the ground clutter you hide in right?

Grey man only works so long then it doesn't, better think of a longer term fix..

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:08 | 2096043 honestann
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Well, as free as we can get on this planet.  What mankind needs (and had until very recently) is a new frontier where the best, bravest, smartest can go and live or die on the basis of their own thoughts and actions.  Outer space should be that next frontier, but was intentionally thwarted (after going from zero to moon in 9 years, no further advances of any significance in 43 years).

What I don't understand (at least not fully) is why individualists can't seem to collaborate on any of the many viable short/medium term solutions... like building floating villages out in the ocean where governments will, for the most part, leave us alone (though maybe only for another 20 years or so).  Or maybe they're just so far underground (or underwater) that I've never noticed them.  Damn!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:30 | 2094489 Zgangsta
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tl;dr

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:56 | 2094518 DavidPierre
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Same Old... Same Old!

SmokeyQuinn:

Same rehash of what you have posted over and over again while ignoring the 800 lb. 9/11 Gorilla with his bloody hands, sitting in the corner smirking and laughing at you and all who refuse to look over into the dark and evil recesses... acknowledge the truth of the Physical Sciences, admit to the Open and Obvious Lies and the obvious Nazi Politics of that day.

"

The list of abuses committed by the ruling oligarchy... have been executed since September 11, 2001."

It will be another 20 years sentence of blogging boredom until everyone stops wasting time and faces up to the 'in your face' facts of 21st century life. Quit beating around the Bushs and their .01% kind... stop hoping to change the system from within.

The criminals, traitors and murderers don't care one good god damn about stupid prophecies, Fourth Turnings and other 'such like and such as' bullshit by self proclaimed economists ... the 'for profit' gurus.

"I owe it to my three sons to keep fighting the good fight. They deserve a future."

 Your sons have no future in that failed state ... you know it! Better teach them to march in straight lines and obey all the illegal orders.

You, as the adult must take this bull by the horns, stop aiding and abetting the criminals and tell them, and all that listen, what really went down and who is to blame. Your cognitive dissonace on this subject has you, and your sheep frozen in the headlights of a run away Semi of ameriKlan Fascism.

 

Time for a mea maxima culpa and to publicly admit you are wrong about everything concerning 9/11 ... move on to the next chapter ... a true understanding of actual life. Forget about all the fancy charts and graphs and other stupid and meaningless distractions. Help turn the Fascist tide which is sweeping over your country!

It is important to come to grips with the truth about 9/11. History repeats... we will see a similar dramatic false flag to light the fuse for conflict with Iran. It will serve as a perfect distraction for whatever the New Nazi agenda is for handling the economic collapse.

Focus Man... Focus on important Facts !

..................................................................

9/11: A Conspiracy Theory

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuC_4mGTs98&feature=player_embedded    

 

 

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:29 | 2094490 blunderdog
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It's a nice recap.  The thing to keep in mind is that the majority of people really aren't interested in hearing the long complicated story about what this event was or what that trend indicates.

Bernays has been portrayed as a villian by many modern commentators, but all he ever was was a salesman.  Guilty of being slimy, being a marketer and all, but there's nothing malicious about hucksterism.  More important--there's nothing "bad" about use of propaganda on an audience that DEMANDS IT.  Put simply, most folks couldn't be bothered to try to understand why someone may favor this policy or that one.

Why else would American teevee EXIST?  It presents simple and clear messages about how to fix whatever your problem is.  It does this because a lot of people want to hear those messages. We don't need to discuss the Federal budget because we let our politicians tell us we need to cut taxes/raise taxes/eliminate waste/whatever 4-second soundbite makes us like them more than the other asshole.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:34 | 2094647 A Lunatic
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I threw my T.V. out over twelve years ago. Two things instantly happened; I gained 50 IQ points, and had a whole extra 5 hours of every day to get involved in REALITY.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:21 | 2094728 The Deleuzian
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Super move A Lunatic...

The event that caused me to 'Pink Floyd' my TV was the whole OJ Simpson debacle...How could one event be on the ABC/NBC/CBS World News for 2-3 years...You heard nothing but...I knew then something bad just turned to worse...Same with the Nike Swooshtika...Too young to remember propaganda in detail in the late 70's-early 80's...But the mid-90's certainly accelerated whatever was in motion 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:29 | 2094749 HungrySeagull
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My TV set in the Sleeper Berth of my rig around 9-11 showed the true power of the United States in being able to HOLD ONE CHANNEL... ANY CHANNEL... 24/7 across states and cities without LOSING the signal.

Keep in mind we were using the equivilant of the old rabbit ears which was built into our Cab for that work. (Among the Satellite comms and other things too)

Now when I turn on the TV, it is usually to follow the tornado events that are common this time of year.

We used to pay for Satellite. We finally got rid of it. The Internet over morning coffee will give you all the news you can stand.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:53 | 2094790 The Deleuzian
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Agreed...Monopolizing the 'Cathode Tube" was a must for the PTB...Especially with main topics of discussion...Things you couldn't escape from due to the saturation level reaching everybody around you...A sort of horizontal propaganda if you will...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:21 | 2094727 debtandtaxes
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You are blaming the victim.  If people aren't educated by their elders that is our fault, too.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:22 | 2094898 blunderdog
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I'm not blaming anyone.  If people would rather worry about stuff that's on teevee than stuff that's actually going on in their neighborhood/state/country, that's fine by me. 

Based on the effort required to get any group of hairless apes to do ANYTHING, whether it be moving a downed tree off the road after a storm or putting on a musical production of Hamlet, I personally really prefer that the folks who don't want to participate stay the fuck outta the way.

Everyone can be a victim if they want.  Being a victim doesn't help you get anything done.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:31 | 2094491 Zgangsta
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tl;dr

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:34 | 2094498 tony bonn
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although your article was needlessly verbose and should have appeared in two parts, i still gave it a 5 because it spoke desperately needed truth....substance triumped over form...

ows should arise from the ashes to attack again the citadels of oppression....the 10% are smug arrogant assholes who need to be taken out...

this country is suffering in profound ways and is being raped by the rockefeller-mic-yale-cia cabal to made into a serfdom...

keep up the fight....

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:34 | 2094500 Gringo Viejo
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Excellent article. As an older guy, I assure you the worm turned in the late '70s when the PTB very shrewdly started blaming inflation on "increasing wages"; then decided to substitute "debt servitude" so the common man could maintain a reasonable standard of living. Now, the chickens have come home to roost and not 1 American in 100 can see the reason why.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:36 | 2094502 Jena
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My husband says the American drive for stuff started with Lifestyles of the Rich And Famous, too.  What was it, "Champagne wishes and cavier dreams"?  I think it was the Dallas/Dynasty evening soaps that kicked things off but I don't know if they came at the same time or not.  The insatiable appetite for stuff, whether it's anything you really can use or even know what to do with, you just know you want it. 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:16 | 2094722 xela2200
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I hated that Rich and Famous show. It gave you such a skewed look into what is really important in life.

Remember this guy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K853GykeGH0&feature=related

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 14:07 | 2096823 Jena
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Funny.  No, I missed that guy somehow.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:26 | 2094741 debtandtaxes
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Dallas first, then Dynasty, then Lifestyles.  I'm old enough to remember....

I also remember my mother insisting we get a custom-made house on our farm with 3 living rooms on different floors so our family of 4 never actually had to encounter one another.  I now raise my family of 4 in a house 1/2 the size (1200 sq ft) with only one television and no cable!  BY CHOICE!  I want our family to be family in more than just genetics.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:33 | 2094755 HungrySeagull
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Dallas Dynasty, Victory, The Morning After (Now that was something for it's time) and such other shows in that time period... I look back on it and must admit it was quite something.

The one Film that stood out over everything was "War Games" thousands came for standing room only in all 10 theaters. It would take 2 hours to count and process a certain number. I never did see it in theater, but we finally got it on VCR and Cable.

 

"Close up the Mountain Boys!"

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:41 | 2094771 dolph9
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I'm not convinced this is correct.  If anything, TV and entertainment substitute for a lack of genuine opportunity in the real world.  It started with Dynasty and Dallas as the working class was beginning to get decimated in the 80s.  Watching the rich play is pure escapism.  Now it's Call of Duty and World of Warcraft.

We escape into virtual worlds so we can ignore the fact that the people are actually getting poorer, uglier, and fatter, that the roads are filling with potholes, that the signs are falling apart, that the air is getting hazier, that the endless sprawl of strip malls and corporate billboards is destroying both the city and the surrounding countryside.

Americans live in such ugliness that we now have to make believe entirely.  It's all we have left.  Go to any city in Europe, not to mention many in Latin America and Asia, and when you return to America you'll feel like you're in a wasteland.

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:16 | 2094871 debtandtaxes
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What looks like - and is marketed as - pure escapism, has a social function for the elites.  It drives materialism and therefore consumption so corporations make money.  It also ensures we all feel like crap about ourselves for not being smart/talented enough to be rich and therefore will listen to the "authorities" when they suggest the solution.  And of course their "solution" is *only* *their* solution.  Not ours.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:37 | 2094503 ReallySparky
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Awesome article, thanks for posting ZH.  I read this earlier this morning and have recommended it to several of my friends that are starting to "wake Up".  Nice summary of what the hell is going on.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:38 | 2094508 Stack Trace
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Great article. Thanks.

Our largest problem is the preponderance of ignorance in our society, not greed. Beneath the ignorance lies a subtle but pervasive and ingrained form of fear: anxiety. A form of fear where the well-spring is "the unknown."
Ignorance morphes "the unknown" non-thing into a thing to be feared..to be conquered. Most folks choose to fill their heads with handed down tradition, fairy-tales, religion, materialism, or whatever in a desperate attempt to feel made whole against the non-thing they made out to be so dangerous and real. Explanations are the indebtness of the ignorant and currency of the enlightened. Meaning the ignorant man clings tightly to the ideas they worked so hard to obtain, maintaining and defending them, while the enlightened man will willingly exchange them for new ones when the old ones no longer work.

For the ignorant, "Nothing " is more blasphemous than for the believer to stop believing. For the enlightned, "Nothing" is more liberating than for the believer to stop believing.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 05:25 | 2095701 StychoKiller
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FEAR =

False

Expectations

Appearing

Real!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:42 | 2094524 TheSilverJournal
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Well done boomers on keeping that social security ponzi going in order for the old and wealthy to suck resources from the young and poor.

TheSilverJournal.com

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:46 | 2094526 Seasmoke
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Love the Ron Paul picture ( and yes I read every word of the article)

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:45 | 2094534 Jerry Maguire
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Absolutely.

The irony, to me, is that the law has provided a mechanism for individuals, acting in concert, to have charge of their own lives, to be self ruling rather than ruled by others.  It's called the constitution.  And current circumstances call for amending it due to a government that is completely out of control.

 

http://strikelawyer.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/saving-the-world-revised-ed...

http://strikelawyer.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/saving-the-world-revised-ed...

http://strikelawyer.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/brief-history-of-jubilees/

 

And don't forget to factor in this:

http://strikelawyer.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/seigniorage/

 

We need the "man in the arena", as TR would have said.  He may have been a little deluded, but he had his good points.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:44 | 2094536 Cdad
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Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?

And this, my friends, is what was behind the language movement known as Political Correctness.  PC was a way of striking words from the daily lexicon, and segregating people from things previously known.  It has been a 30 year long struggle to remove the power of language, to create reluctant speakers, docile followers of stupidity.  

It runs so deep and long now in America, the disastrous effects of the Boomer generation, that it is hard to see the solution now.

However, there is only the one thing to do...and that is to keep fighting...for the good of our sons and daughters.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:43 | 2094659 nmewn
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+ a 30yr tenure.

It starts very early.

Its impolite to now call a spade a spade...even though one is talking about a simple shovel or a statement of the obvious. To say one is gay...becomes you are calling them a homosexual. Saying to a lady that the dress she is wearing or her hair or perfume is enchanting/enticing invites a lawsuit or an EEOC complaint instead of the cold stare telling you she didn't do it for your benefit.

So, people shut up. They build up grudges & hatreds. They look at each other as potential adversaries.

When one changes the meaning of words you also wind up with idiotic phrases like "government investment" being bandied about...as though they have some real meaning...even when uttered by completely bankrupt governments...lol.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:06 | 2095462 Stack Trace
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The spoken word is a form of violence. When spoken it silences others.

What better way to prevent opposition from forming than silencing the speaker with an appeal to politeness and creation of artificial divisions. Certainly it is more economical to constrain the formation of ideas by banning language than by using force.

Pure genius really until it no longer works. Then Guns and bullets have a way of rearranging priorities.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:47 | 2094540 847328_3527
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"Best time to walk away."

 

Blend in with the hundreds of thousands making a very straightforward business decsion, just as Blankine or Corzine migh make......

Just walk away.

Evaluate your situtation and make the decision that is best for you.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:00 | 2094548 Kipper und Wipp...
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Decent piece. Small nitpick: Guy Fawkes was not an anarchist, but rather a Catholic recusant, at a time in which they were oppressed in England, which followed the time where Protestants were oppressed, e.g. Sir Thomas More and Wycliffe, during the great religious tumult in the 16th-17th centuries in Europe. Nothing anarchistic about his philosophy, but rather religious fundamentalism. Politically he was a royalist, albeit one who did not believe King James to be a legitimate monarch on account of his religion. The use of the Guy Fawkes mask has a rather bizarre history with Anonymous and 4chan, prior to the overt politicization of the former, c.f. this image, before being adopted to some extent by the OWS movement, drawing on the imagery of "V for Vendetta" which really has little to do with Guy Fawkes, but involves blowing up Parliament in an imagined (prophetic?) future Fascist Britain.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:18 | 2094591 pakled
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That is why I wince a bit when I see OWS and others wearing the GF mask. It is rooted in an [attempted] act of violence. OWS has been mostly the opposite. And still getting attacked by the police! We need to keep a record of giving the [now militarized] police NO reason for violence. At some point these unprovoked attacks may end up in Federal court on Civil rights violation charges (rodney king incident as example)

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:23 | 2094613 Kipper und Wipp...
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Fawkes was also basically a mercenary for a time in the 80 years war and fought for multiple different countries, different sides of the war, then became a sort of Catholic jihadist. A modern day Guy Fawkes wouldn't be DDoSing the justice department or holding a sign in Zucotti park, he would be a sketchy Rhodesian white supremacist type dude with a checkered past working at Blackwater and subscribing to Christian Reconstructionist dogma.

Weird guy to invoke in popular uprisings.

(edited to add- some people present him in almost a heroic light. but these people are hardly Occupy types. see a book called "Faith and Treason" by an Antonia Frasier, DBE, an aristocratic type Anglo-Irish Catholic lady and a DBE, which as I recall -- read it years ago -- it wasn't quite laudatory, but seemed sympathetic)

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:30 | 2094634 Kipper und Wipp...
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...also, Guy Fawkes met a nasty end.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:57 | 2094686 nmewn
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;-)

We all can't choose how we go out. 

Most will die rasping and clutching at their bedsheets, tormented, afraid of the inevitable, with tubes stuck in their bodies.

How would you prefer to go out?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:06 | 2094702 Kipper und Wipp...
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without the the rack, if at all possible. Guido was tortured till he gave up his friends, & then executed in particularly gruesome fashion. i don't remember all the details...but I agree with you on how most ppl go out & the dignity of making a manly exit.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:29 | 2094745 nmewn
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Yes, without the rack if at all possible.

I believe what everyone is misunderstanding (in todays terms) about Fawkes is simply this.

No one takes the time to look up what he was. What or who can be blamed for this lack of inquisitiveness? Are not these people some of our brightest?

Their perception is the movie. Not the real Fawkes.

So, now. perception is the reality. Their reality is V is fighting for freedom and against an oppressive state and existence.

Unintended consequences, not entirely a bad thing ;-)

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:00 | 2094801 A Lunatic
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Unfortunately this is not just endemic to Fawkes. We have a whole generation of people now living who vote, consume, teach, and act according to their perceptions of reality. Not only are they grossly misinformed, but willfully ignorant of the history of the world surrounding them, the consequences of which are just now bearing bitter fruit. Self serving people do not care about the history of those who have gone before them, for the here and now is all that is, all that ever was, and all that ever will be. Fools all, dying as deserved in such a manner as you have previously illustrated. May the rest of us die with our boots on.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:17 | 2094851 Kipper und Wipp...
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Agreed. History is incredibly important. This is why we appropriate images from the past to signify things in the present. But it's important to realize the history behind them.

An analogy: the confederate flag. To some, this means "rebel," to some, it signifies Southern heritage, to some, it signifies slavery or racism and can be taken as offensive. Same symbol, appropriated from history, but with various meanings & baggage. The same goes for the Guy Fawkes mask. To some, it is about opposing authority, to others, it would signify harmless fun of "Guy Fawkes day" in the U.K., to others, it would signify an antique sort of Catholic terrorism. Some would write it off as being part of the sillier sectors of the Internets.

Symbols are heady and potent stuff but to effectively use them, to create effective symbology and propagand and so on, we have to understand them from multiple perspectives.

Unfortunately people these days are ill-equipped to do that because too many people are myopic, ignorant, and short in attention span. (Not pointing at anyone involved in this discussion. And I can respect the Fawkes mask as used just as I can respect the Confederate flag when used in certain contexts ... even if not advocating slavery or white supremacy ... but some people just won't respect it at all.)

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:14 | 2095162 A Lunatic
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It is one thing to forgive those who know not what they do. It is another matter entirely to dispense grace to those who do not know why they do what they do.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:40 | 2095257 Cathartes Aura
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choosing to reply *down here* but wanted to thank you for your first post, addressing the Guy Fawkes myth vs. reality.  you're making some really excellent points, especially when you note how people co-opt imagery or symbols which appeal to them on "unspoken" levels, that they cannot articulate or sometimes even understand, and stubbornly won't take the time to research the history of such things.

many in amrka get their "reality" from TV and Hollywood, use the internet to feed themselves a diet of the same - gossip, games & porn - and work very hard at being the same as each other, with only minor variants they think are "personalised styles" - the fitting in thing is HUGE in this culture, as is the pressure to be "recognised" by whatever group one aspires to. . . critical thinking is discouraged, then one is ostracised as an oddity, talked over or around.

Unfortunately people these days are ill-equipped to do that because too many people are myopic, ignorant, and short in attention span.

sadly a reality - all backed up by pharma-Soma to keep their brains en-tranced, or at the very least, focused on body-symptoms to relate back to the doctor for even more drugs. . . the lack of basic knowledge amongst average amrkns is shocking, and I can't imagine things getting better, just ever more surreal as things continue to deteriorate.

thoughtful writing, appreciated.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:58 | 2095447 Blanche DuBois
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Speaking of symbols, take a look at some of these:

http://whale.to/b/symbols_h.html

Funny how prevalent they are now and were in the past. Hmmmm, I don't recall my history books depicting any of these...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:35 | 2094763 HungrySeagull
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I have faced death in a variety of situations that required a immediate and absolute flawless reaction to force my body to decide what needs doing and make it happen.

Either to save myself or that of another person. I can tell you that your death will come for you during what you think is some of the most boring, normal, routine and ordinary day....

I lost a good friend last year while he was on the Operating table. He did not have a choice in the matter under the sleeping gas. The surgeon did his best but it's his time.

Even now, they never truly die as long you remember them.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:17 | 2094870 nmewn
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Seagull,

Same here, back in the day a nice scar on the cheek meant a little more than now.

It meant you survived.

It can come in an instant. All that is left for the loved ones who remain is that vacant hole, that only heals partially with time. And your're right, they can never really die as long as we live.

Pardon the delay...I was teaching squire nmewn some of the finer points of life...grilling burgers ;-)

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:21 | 2094889 non_anon
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...and, have a holiday named after you.

http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Guy-Fawkes-Day

...and your face around the world

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:56 | 2095095 Kipper und Wipp...
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3,4,5-trimethoxy-PEA FTW.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:46 | 2094671 Conrad Murray
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You can use the edit button on any one of your posts until someone replies to it.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:59 | 2094566 Rodolfito
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If any of you bitchez would like to know yourselves, go to this link ...  http://visionchamanica.com/ .. for tiny money.

In 4 days I will do this, and I will disconnect from the entire universe and find out who the fuck I am.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:31 | 2094637 pakled
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Done it. Recommended.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:40 | 2094657 Kipper und Wipp...
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Ayahuasca? I prefer LSD or mushrooms (or 4-AcO-DMT, 2C-D, DOC, one of a few others) myself, and don't like putting the chemicals in a box by the ceremonial context.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:42 | 2094658 A Lunatic
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Sorry but I do not think moving to Latin America and having my Lymph nodes removed by a Catholic Priest/chiropractor from Montana is in my best interest right now.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:49 | 2095280 Cathartes Aura
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best of luck with your journey, inner and outer.

know that witnessing the "I" concept when in an altered state is one thing, integrating this awareness with your "day to day" perceptions & surroundings, un-easy.

still, good work.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:03 | 2094575 bob_dabolina
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IRS sent my Tax Return back! 

AGAIN!!! 

 

I guess it was because of my response to the question:

"List all dependents."

I replied -

"12 million illegal immigrants;

"3 million crack heads;

"42 million unemployable people on food stamps

"2 million people in over 243 prisons;

"Half of Mexico

        and

"535 fools in the U.S. House and Senate.”

Apparently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.  

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:53 | 2094678 Dapper Dan
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Every major corporation has mounds of government paperwork to do. In fact, a "joke" email making its way around the net here lately asserts this:

"......And we wonder what is wrong with society today.

This should help you understand. It's lawyers and politicians.

Lord’s prayer:………………………........……………….66 words.

10 Commandments: …………………….........…………. 179 words.

Gettysburg address: ………………………….………….. 286 words.

Declaration of Independence : …….....………….......... .1,300 words.

US Constitution with 27 Amendments : …....…............... 7,818 words.

US Government regulations on the sale of cabbage:....... 26,911 words."

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:35 | 2094736 deflator
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 I make 15 bucks an hour doing construction work and have reduced my IRS debt from 42k to 28k in the last 3 months. The main reason my debt went down was that I qualified for the 10% homebuyer tax credit.  If I had a tax strategist that was worth a shit, probably wouldn't owe anything since most of my income was working out of town and had a lot of expenses for tools, labor, hotels, etc. I worked 30 hours overtime a few weeks ago and after garnishments from IRS brought home $188. It's tough to make a living in construction nowadays, so much competition. I'm still pretty tough to compete with even though I'm 50 y/o. Own my home, car and everything outright and know a thing or two about productivity.

 The IRS was knockin' dust from my ass, but now "only" have to pay an extra $410 a month. Was paying $750/month and before that anything over $188/week.

 I installed raised access flooring for 26 years and quite a few of those years was self employed and didn't pay taxes on some 1099's. I put raised flooring in the White House. A mosaic hardwood artist from Massachusetts famous for installing mosaic hardwood flooring in famous buildings around the world put mosaic hardwood on some access floor panels in the warehouse with of course SS cameras watching everything. It was a PITA working within the WH grounds because the SS would make you show up at 5:30 every morning then make you sit in a certain spot until it was convenient for them to come and shake you and your worktruck, toolboxes,etc.. down.

 This morning, I removed hinges from 49 door frames that had about 7 or 8 coats of paint over the hinges with slotted screws in a hospital that was built in 1956. Took me about an hour. Installed some core board in some pieced/cut up hard to get to chases and then hung some waterboard in some bathrooms.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:39 | 2094767 HungrySeagull
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There are some federal buildings in arkansas that are being brought up to code after 100 years or more of service.

To walk on the boards where your fathers father once walked.... there is nothing like it.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:12 | 2094854 deflator
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My folks live in Arkansas and have 22 acres and a NG well currently being drilled on their property that the rig is so tall that it has to have flashing lights so planes don't crash into it. My dad told me yesterday they are installing NG stations all around the area to accommodate compressed NG vehicles. My dad is 76 y/o and rtired from GM truck plant in Flint, MI. He is the antithesis of this essay as he has been saying the same things as Mr. Quinn his whole life yet has benefitted from the past 150 years of persistent economic growth in ways unimaginable. He was raised as a sharecropper picking cotton dirt poor in a house with a dirt floor and no running water.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:14 | 2094595 RiverRoad
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A government of some people, by some people, for some people, shall perish from the earth.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:55 | 2095986 honestann
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Let's hope you're correct, but...
So far it appears you are wrong.
And crossing fingers won't make it perish.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:19 | 2094599 Struan
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What a good read!
So much info neatly centralized.
Unfortunately Americans are bred to be the perfect sheeple, and this will only change with proper education. Good luck world!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:21 | 2094604 Jefferson
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The problem is that the global .0000000001 percent are attempting to hijack the Occupy movement to get rid of the competition from the rest of the 1 percenters.

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:16 | 2094605 Jefferson
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The problem is that the global .0000000001 percent are attempting to hijack the Occupy movement to get rid of the competition from the rest of the 1 percenter.

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:20 | 2094614 woggie
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the door "hole" in the wall..... must be blood-lined.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:21 | 2094616 GoodMorningMr.V...
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It's not a universal truth. I have an IQ of 165 and I want to free you all and throw a monkey wrench in the system that has enslaved you.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:34 | 2094643 pakled
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Agreed. Intelligence is only one component of formula. Level of consciousness (evolution) is an even larger factor. The more enlightened have less need to enslave others.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:04 | 2094697 francis_sawyer
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So... no more Vulcan mind melds then?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:08 | 2094706 nmewn
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lol...its all in the crystals.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:26 | 2094622 gravedestruction
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Malthusian ism?

Fabian ism?

Folly ism?

(pick what seems best)

Not a fan of OWS nor of those who allowed OWS to begin with.

OWS was certainly being watched the whole time making a mess of things but the goons didn't move in until the OWS mobs started ha[a]rping about NDAA indefinite detention.

What is wrong with this picture?

Wait a minute!

I have a picture of the local OWS mob!

(including pictures of those watching and those acting like they were with the OWS mob)

Hmmm...

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:34 | 2094639 AmazingLarry
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Love it. I first found "bacon for breakfast" Bernays maybe 10 years ago now. This article was the tipping point: http://www.rense.com/general12/believe.htm

"Trust Us, We're Experts" is a must read also.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:40 | 2094649 gravedestruction
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I used to joke with my wife years ago that the federal government got rid of the mob because they didn't want the competition.

It seems what was once a joke is certainly no laughing matter with what appears to be a criminal enterprise setting up shop in that swamp known as the District of Criminals in close proximity with the K Street Beltway Bandits.

It is a STENCH to say the least.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:03 | 2094814 Osmium
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Would you say it has a fowl smell?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:36 | 2094651 deflator
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 Took me 2 beers to read this one and it was a doosie! Keep up the good work Mr. Quinn!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:44 | 2094663 Smokey1
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Neil Howe for POTUS 2012

RPES

OWSES

AESAD

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:20 | 2094725 Jim Quinn
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NGESAD

Still waiting for that terrorist attack.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:39 | 2094768 HungrySeagull
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We have been preparing for years.

 

One thing that WILL NOT stand is a Mosque speaker screaming call to prayer at 5 am in the morning. Sorry.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:50 | 2094675 blindman
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all men start out as beggars.
a system of functional utility
is designed and adhered to for a time
and then all men return to their
original truth, beggars. natures
imposed humility as it manifests in
all things. this guy saw it, so did the bankers and
everyone else who was listening.
.
Seeing the world as a blind man, Hugues de Montalembert
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_5QW-sGfI8&feature=endscreen&NR=1

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:54 | 2094680 GiantVampireSqu...
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Too depressing to finish reading it.  Most people are stuffed, and not bothered by it. 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:01 | 2094693 saiybat
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"But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: 'Your money, or your life.' And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat. The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the roadside, and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful. The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a 'protector,' and that he takes men's money against their will, merely to enable him to 'protect' those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these. Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you on the road, against your will; assuming to be your rightful 'sovereign,' on account of the 'protection' he affords you. He does not keep 'protecting' you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you of more money as often as he finds it for his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to your country, and shooting you down without mercy, if you dispute his authority, or resist his demands. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villanies as these. In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave." - Lysander Spooner

 

The problem is not only do we not mind those who rob us of the fruit of our labor but we trust these very same people to govern our lives. Why do we need anyone to take our money then use that money to command us what to do? Who built this country? Was it the State? It was the people and those that wish to take from us by force and control us by coercion are only in our way.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:10 | 2094700 A Lunatic
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Ah yes, the writings/rantings of the late Lysander Spooner. An Excellent read, entitled 'No Treason:the Constitution of no authority'. It's out of print but still obtainable through secondary sources...........for those interested.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:04 | 2094699 gravedestruction
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Source: Mike Kreiger

Anybody here familiar the name Xan Kreigor?

(My guess is some IT pros here should)

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:40 | 2094770 HungrySeagull
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I am familar with 9-11 and how Fidelity was able to recover that week and was one of the first, if not the first up and running in real time.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:09 | 2094710 Dr. Engali
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Excellent article. Very well written and it didn't come across like a left/right piece I especially like the photos at the end contrasting existing TOTUS and Ron Paul. As much as I like Ron Paul and see him as the last best statesman, the challenge seems so daunting because the system is do damn big. It is going to take more than just him to carry the load.
A lot of people bought the hope and change bit only to find themselves let down and now ,instead of admitting a mistake ,they are in constant defense of a liar. With Dr. Paul we know his history and what he stands for. We know we aren't buying into a fabricated illusion. There are years and years of service we can look back on.
I certainly hope for my kids sake that we can turn this ship around.

Thank you for the good read. Keep up the good work.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:12 | 2094713 The Deleuzian
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Jim Q...I'm not surprised at your stance towards Neil Howe at all...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:14 | 2094718 JenkinsLane
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The last Aldous Huxley quote is inappropriate. It refers to his experience taking LSD, which he took, as I recall, some seven times in his life

and, ever since, has been used as an intellectual justification for tripping by teens, myself included, when really our only objective was to "get f**ked".

 

He was brilliant, I enjoyed his writings as a teenager but he was not optimistic for the future, which, I suppose, just goes to show his intellect.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:43 | 2094775 HungrySeagull
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LSD is truly one way to get *&^%ed. The problem is when are you going to stop?

The last time I took a trip all I could see was that double yellow line that became a "Yellow brick road" a part of my mind did recall every inch of that road from beginning to end, none of which I remembered that night.

 

Never again, and that was a VERY long time ago.

Now? You can get &^%$ed without drugs and live a hell.

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