Lewis Carroll’s White Queen would have a career in the media today

Alice and the White Queen, drawn by John Tenniel

“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.
“Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Lewi Carroll – Alice Through the Looking-Glass

Lewis Carroll invented the White Queen as an absurdist emblem of a refusal to deal. But now that deluded lady would slot right in at the BBC, CNN, Guardian et al. In fact to live in the mainstream western culture of today we need to be able to believe a lot more than six impossible things before breakfast. We need to plug into an entire matrix of the unreal, never happened, never could happen and purely ridiculous.
There is now almost no point of contact between the world described in daily mainstream news and social commentary and the actual veridical experiential world in which real people really live. The most basic “facts” upon which they operate are almost completely false. They produce hours and hours of comment and analysis based on events that never occurred, words that were never said, a history that doesn’t exist. It’s not about explaining reality any more, it’s about making it up.

In this world Russia is an “outlaw” for helping to defend an elected government in Syria, and the US is an emblem of law-abiding decency while it has spent 70 years carving up the world and murdering people it doesn’t like – and moreover is currently enabling terrorists and illegally occupying a swathe of Syrian territory.
In this world Putin, having cleaned up a good deal of the lawless mafia-rule that characterised the Yeltsin years, is a “kleptocrat” and a “gangster” while Yeltsin was a “democrat.” Facing an election with 60-80% popular support, Putin is a “tyrant” who needs to fix the vote in order to win. With reckless disregard for even the basics of narrative consistency he is portrayed by turns as an ignorant “thug” and a political mastermind. So brilliant he swung the US election using 13 lowlife trolls and a restaurateur, and so mindbogglingly stupid he had Boris Nemstov, the political nobody, gunned down for no reason right outside the Kremlin so that even more stupid western analysts could say “Putin must have done it because it was right outside the Kremlin!”
In this world Navalny, another political nobody, polling 2% popular vote is “the opposition”, cruelly silenced by being ruthlessly convicted of the fraud he almost certainly actually committed, and sent to the Gulag given a suspended sentence and the freedom to bullhorn his remedial-level “anti-corruption” narrative (designed primarily for western consumption and TV soundbites btw) to all twelve of his regular followers.
In this world even mass-shootings are starting to look like movie versions of themselves, and the victims interview each other, exchanging cliché mass media talking points, and improbable personal narratives that sound like Facebook statuses, while waiting to die.
Because reality is something even those living it in its rawest form can no longer process or recognise for what it is.
So, we have to salute Mr Pozner for his refusal to partake in this increasingly macabre farce. Maybe we should all follow his example, be like Alice, just walk away from the Mad Hatter’s tea table and let the lunatics continue to sit there, babbling empty memes at one another. They probably won’t even notice we’ve gone.
(and yes I know the White Queen and the Mad Hatter are not in the same chapter or even in the same book)


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Frank
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Frank

here we go

Vera
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Vera

1) Catte speaks Russian
2) Catte always defends Putin
3) Catte never denies it when it’s said she is Putin’s gf

George Cornell
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George Cornell

After finding the People section of the old Time magazine was the most read part, it spun off People magazine for those just interested in the gossip.

Neil Youngson
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Neil Youngson

This seems appropriate… “The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a… Read more »

Frank
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Frank

It seems not altogether implausible that the very top of the social-political hierarchy know perfectly well that what they profess to believe in is in fact largely fictional. Those who do actually mouth these nonsensical platitudes, the outer party partisans and fanatics, probably do believe it, or are simply cheap opportunists on the make. Journalists, politicians, opinion formers of various hues form are a contemporary priestly caste who function as force of legitimation for the ruling elite and its social order, as was this case carried out by the church during the middle-ages. The fanaticism of these people – the… Read more »

milosevic
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milosevic

Those who do actually mouth these nonsensical platitudes, the outer party partisans and fanatics, probably do believe it, or are simply cheap opportunists on the make. Journalists, politicians, opinion formers of various hues form are a contemporary priestly caste who function as force of legitimation for the ruling elite and its social order, as was this case carried out by the church during the middle-ages. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

Jeremy Corbyn has not long completed his own White Queen moment: half way to betraying the democratic principle; havering on our reclaiming of national sovereignty (LOL!); “ratting”, to use Frank Fields word, on 70% of the constituency referendum vote; selling out the Northern working class for the “London vote”; all for a commitment to a Customs Union bespoke negotiated no-tariff/no-rule deal that is disassociated from reality and is unlikely to be made available by the EU. You put your left foot in: no sooner had he made the commitment, his team clarified that it was not a commitment ¿¿ Shall… Read more »

vexarb
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The New Labour New Statesman has gone one better than the White Queen. She herself believed impossible things but she was too wellbred to call Alice a nutter for not sharing her belief. But one of the NS Blairite hacks recently called people nutters unless they believe that burning paraffin can melt steel.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

The New Statesman jumped the shark long ago, but went ‘jump the sharknado’ when it led with a story on the universal infamy of ‘Judeophobia’. At least they got that term correct. Look behind any Western Establishment onslaught, particularly in regard to Iran, Russia, Syria and even China (a civilization that Zionists will never control as they do the West)and it will not be long before you find the Judeo-fascist push, controlling, vilifying, wrecking careers, hate-mongering and destroying Freedom of Opinion.

vexarb
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PS The masterly John Tenniel has caught to perfection the distraught and dotty look in that old Lady’s eyes; she may be daft but she’s not fanatic. Whereas everyone remembers Old Demon Eyes, who was not only a Believer but also willing to kill sheep and people alike by the million for his beliefs. Perhaps the faithful at NS prostrate themselves in front of those impossible eyes three times before breakfast?

deinvestiture
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Reblogged this on deinvestiture.

intergenerationaltrauma
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America dumbing down is in absolute free fall at this point. Should our elites be so foolish as to begin WWIII through this endless doubling down on the Russiagate nonsense, I have a premonition that many Americans will be oblivious to our terminal reality to the very end – quite likely taking selfies of themselves with the nearest mushroom cloud in the background and posting them with hashtags like: “Awesome!” or “How cool is this?” Unfortunately, like the White Queen, most Americans have absolutely no problem believing “6 impossible things before breakfast.” Such an ability is in fact the requirement… Read more »

Mikalina
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Mikalina

Hence the rise in serious mental health issues in teenagers in the UK. They ‘know’ something is wrong but all around them the crazy world carries on with its ‘normalities’. They blame themselves for their inability to conform to the madness and lies; a pressure to conform which is re-enforced by pills and ‘the talking treatment’. Like most teenagers, they just want to be the same as everyone else – so they slowly go crazy with the conflict.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Just imagine what will happen when the popular mass finally realise that the ecological Holocaust is about to sweep them, their families and their societies away. There will be such an outburst of fury, which, no doubt, the elites will endeavour to turn against others, to protect themselves, that one trembles to contemplate it. Those who denied all the ecological rises will be particularly at risk.

rtj1211
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rtj1211

Perhaps you could recall the infamous fate of J Robert Oppenheimer, father of the Los Alamos project and then wishing to seek peace rather than start a nuclear arms race? He was vilified by McCarthyites as a Communist, hung out to dry, just so the ambitious little Teller could build his Hydrogen Bomb?
It is as old as the hills, power trumping principle.
We after all are animals, not Gods……

Binra (@onemindinmany)
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That we can name ourselves, and likewise define (judge) our world and others in terms of the self we assume and accept true, is a peculiar human development of a subjective dissociated consciousness. A mind of ‘define, predict and control’ that overrides and generally denies what we assign to ‘instinct’ or indeed intuition. And with it our belonging in Self, each other and World. The powerful events that were seen to make high the low places, and bring low the high places, by our ancestor survivors is cast into the darkness of an over-rational compensation for unconscious terrors – that… Read more »

milosevic
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milosevic

Look! Russian meddle-bots in action!!!

Binra (@onemindinmany)
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Who shouts first while pointing the finger has the most to hide.
Perhaps you do not need to understand what I wrote. But nor do you need to project your own fears onto what you don’t at first understand.

milosevic
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milosevic

A characteristic feature of bots and shills, of course, is the total irrelevance of their pronouncements to the context in which they appear. A related feature is that their pretentious verbiage often dissolves, on examination, into utter meaninglessness. These characteristics are connected with the essential purpose of bots and shills, why they are created, funded, and directed in the first place — to disrupt, derail, and discredit discussions which their hidden masters perceive as threatening to their interests, and would prefer were not occurring. One may therefore infer the identity of the bot-masters and shill-captains, by considering who it is… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

For a brief moment on seeing the title of this post, I thought it was going to be about Katherine Viner lording over her fiefdom with Mad Hatter Jonathan Freedland hovering nearby.
But yes, if you read The Guardian first thing on waking up, you will be believing more than six impossible things before breakfast.

Yonatan
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Yonatan

The sign of a True Believer is the capacity to believe and support at least three mutually exclusive explanations simultaneously.

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Magnificatte

John A
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John A

The MSM are behaving exactly like a compulsive gambler on a desperate losing streak. They keep doubling down on their stake in the hope of winning back their losses and getting deeper and deeper in debt instead.
Unfortunately I fear, the White Helmets are going to stage a chemical attack false flag that will immediately get Trump, Haley, Macron and May steely determined to finally ‘get’ Assad except Russia quite rightly has his back.

Mikalina
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Mikalina

Today’s Guardian:
Local doctors and monitors said a suspected chlorine attack in the rebel-held area outside Damascus had left 18 people injured on Sunday evening, as residents condemned the international community’s inability to put an end to the fighting.

melissawolf
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melissawolf

Can you address this issue?
melissa Something I have come to understand slowly over my lifetime is that nature, earth, the world—whatever you call it—is not simply something I am on but something I am. It is not outside of me: it is me, and I am it. There is no outside.
—Paul Kingsnorth, “The Witness”
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Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

Here too, Melissa.
http://www.sydneybanks.org/

milosevic
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milosevic

Help! The Russian meddle-bots are massing for the final assault!!!
Alternatively, perhaps they’re false-flag meddle-bots, and emanate from an entirely different source.

Mikalina
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Mikalina

Or another Lewis Carroll character, the March Hare?
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse – next month is March.