The conspiracy can be defeated. The Insiders are not omnipotent. It is true that they control important parts of the federal government, high finance and the mass media. But they do not control everything, or the vise would already have been closed. We might say the conspiracy controls everything but you. You are their Achilles heel if you are willing to fight. There is an old cliche in sports that quitters never win and winners never quit. We need a million Americans who are not quitters, but, “moreover, who have the will to win!
==None Dare Call It Conspiracy (Allen, Gary)
Neil Postman puts it, “Information has become a form of garbage, not only incapable of answering the most fundamental human questions but barely useful in providing coherent direction to the solution of even mundane problems.”
Most of us today are still prone to believe things to be true, not because we have any logically defensible reasons for believing so, but because it is easier and more psychically gratifying than performing the hard work of reason that makes a belief well founded.
Rather than believing what we know to be true based on sure evidence, we believe what we desire to be true, or what makes us feel secure by making the world a meaningful place, or what advances some appetitive aim, or especially what gratifies our secret psycho-dramas, those private operettas in which we are the heroes unjustly hounded by a vast and shadowy conspiracy of spiteful disbelievers in our excellence. And so we are vulnerable to con-men of various stripes, “subtler devisors” (1.3) who can manipulate our ignorance and insecurities to peddle their own brands of intellectual snake oil.
Jean-François Revel has written, “democracy cannot thrive without a certain diet of truth. It cannot survive if the degree of truth in current circulation falls below a minimal level. A democratic regime, founded on the free determination of important choices made by a majority, condemns itself to death if most of the citizens who have to choose between various options make their decisions in ignorance of reality, blinded by passions or misled by fleeting impressions.”
===Plagues of the Mind: The New Epidemic of False Knowledge (Thornton, Bruce S.)
Much of the human race, certainly those beings that occupy the landscape of America today and call themselves “citizens” have already passed the event horizon into the la-la land of Lobotomized Zombiehood, where ignorance is indeed, truly bliss. However, those that have not yet done so should have noticed that the mainstream press has been spewing forth considerable criticism and negativity upon their former heroes The Clinton’s of late. Do not, however, for one second believe that this is simply based on solid and independent reporting of recently “discovered” information or even an immensely long overdue awakening to truth and a willingness to voice it on the part of the previously somnolent and corrupted, servile to power American press.
The use of polls in the various media outlets can be an incredibly effective way of directing rather than recording public opinion. Due to the human psychological need to form tribes, we as creatures do not like to find ourselves in the minority. The concept of a poll coming from an established organization invokes a father-like figure of authority, which we are psychologically wired to go along with. As an example, if a poll appears showing that the vast majority of people are in favor of an approaching war, the strength of public opinion may feel so strong that we find it difficult to go against the grain. Also polls imply fact; we subconsciously absorb the results and can take this as a reliable gauge of public belief. If we see several polls that show a particular politician is the most popular, we will take this on as an accepted truth, later we may state, ‘so and so is the most popular’. By repetition of the statement it slowly becomes an accepted truism.
Similarly, and more worryingly, when an opinion is repeatedly broadcast at us by the same organization – think of a particular media conglomerate or an advertiser – we are likely to come to believe it represents the general opinion. That is despite the fact that it is analogous to the same person repeating themselves over and over again.
People rate statements that have been repeated just once as more valid or true than things they’ve heard for the first time. They even rate statements as truer when the person saying them has been repeatedly lying.
By appealing to naturally occurring manifestations of ‘herd mentality’ and ‘group think’, large numbers of people can have their opinions and actions dictated. The larger the group, the harder it is for an individual to stand opposed to their ethos. Therefore, the larger a group, the more easily they are coerced into a specific action or mind-frame.
===Your Thoughts Are Not Your Own Volume Two: Marketing, Movies and Music (Sanders, Neil)
There are several possibilities for the somewhat surprising flurry of negative material on Hillary hitting us now in the mainstream press, but transparent honesty without a hidden agenda is just not likely one of them.
First, given the extraordinary amount of pure garbage that can be thrown at Hillary and the whole criminal enterprise that is Clinton Inc., all of this may simply be a way of getting as much of the dirt and other material of a more scatological nature aired before the election season really heats up, with the hope that all of it will be considered “oh so passé ” by then, a trick she and The Obama have shown an affinity for over and over again for one reason: it works. The attention span of the ignorant and brainwashed seems to be less than that of a gnat and once the odorous air of the sewage that surrounds them wafts away into the past, there seems to be only a wonderful scent of roses surrounding these criminals.
The other possibility is that Hillary’s trial balloon seems to be migrating, perhaps even expectedly, at an accelerating speed towards the cesspool where it belongs and the “establishment” power elite is preparing the “dark horse” candidate as they did with Obama, one potentially even more dangerous to the future of freedom in America than she. Which is of course a scary thought, a scary thought indeed.
Inevitability is a dynamic that can only spring from the dark loins of the hidden state and its servants in the press corp, not from the obvious transparency of the minds of the masses. It may even be time for a change in party affiliation to complete the charade of democracy in America and keep the dumb and malleable docile and believing.
Rest assured, however, no one will be allowed to rise up to touch the flames of power that is not completely corrupted and controlled. The continuum over the presidential cycles since 1991, if not for many years prior, should provide sufficient evidence of the fools dance that the American public has been invited to over and over again without any lasting impression of the absurdity of it all.
One thing is absolutely certain, nothing is as it appears to the bumbling American electorate or even to those that know that it is all an illusion–the levels of complexity and deceit are are so multidimensional that only the players themselves have even an inkling of the truth. But know this, whatever the outcome in November 2016, even if there is an election, will be predetermined by those who we cannot see and the end result will be the accelerating death of this nation and our worlds march towards a unified global tyranny.
The Disastrous Clinton Post-Presidency — NYMag
The qualities of an effective presidency do not seem to transfer onto a post-presidency. Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an exemplary post-president. Bill Clinton appears to be the reverse. All sorts of unproven worst-case-scenario questions float around the web of connections between Bill’s private work, Hillary Clinton’s public role as secretary of State, the Clintons’ quasi-public charity, and Hillary’s noncompliant email system. But the best-case scenario is bad enough: The Clintons have been disorganized and greedy.
For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years.
Those entries were errors, according to the foundation: several foreign governments continued to give tens of millions of dollars toward the foundation’s work on climate change and economic development through this three-year period. Those governments were identified on the foundation’s annually updated donor list, along with broad indications of how much each had cumulatively given since they began donating.
FOUNDATION DEFENDS TRANSPARENCY
“We are prioritizing an external review to ensure the accuracy of the 990s from 2010, 2011 and 2012 and expect to refile when the review is completed,” Craig Minassian, a foundation spokesman, said in an email.
The decision to review the returns was made last month following inquiries from Reuters, and the foundation has not ruled out extending the review to tax returns extending back 15 or so years.
Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company – NYTimes.com
The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”
The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.
But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.
Cisco Systems had a public relations problem: Having invested $16 billion in the Chinese market, the technology giant was suddenly facing congressional scrutiny over its alleged complicity in building the so-called Great Firewall that helps China’s authoritarian regime censor information and surveil its citizens.
The San Jose, California, company endured a high-profile Senate hearing about its Chinese operations in 2008 and reaffirmed its “continued commitment to China.” But the issue wouldn’t die. A group of investors stormed the company’s annual meeting in November 2009, pressing a shareholder resolution that would force the company to prevent the Chinese government from using Cisco technology to engage in what critics said was widespread human-rights abuse.
That’s when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tossed the company a lifeline. Weeks after Cisco executives opposed the initiative and it was then voted down by shareholders, Cisco was honored as a finalist for the State Department’s award for “outstanding corporate citizenship, innovation and democratic principles.” The next year, the company won the award. While the honors were for the company’s work in the Middle East, they gave Cisco a well-timed opportunity to change the subject and present itself as a champion of human rights.
Martin O’Malley is getting bolder and bolder. That’s a problem for Hillary. – The Washington Post
Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley probably can’t win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. But he can make things very uncomfortable for Hillary Clinton. Of late, he seems very committed to doing just that.
The latest gambit by O’Malley came Wednesday when he sent an e-mail to supporters pledging his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “To me, opposing bad trade deals like TPP is just common sense,” O’Malley wrote. “American workers whose jobs could be on the line right now are owed more than lip service. They deserve to know where leaders stand.”
Whatever “leaders” could he be talking about?