48

Media Vermin Never Sleep

Cheap jokes as vectors for a nuclear Armageddon (or how I learned to laugh myself into an early eternity)

Patrice Greanville, January 15, 2019, via Greanville Post


Colbert doing his routine on 1.14.19. The whole shtick was about Trump, his putative treason, and the Russian menace. He has done this countless times. The more seductive a comic is, the more powerful, and when he’s telling lies the more dangerous.

Not funny

The resident idiots at CBS This Morning included a clip with Stephen Colbert that I found particularly irritating.[1] In the clip Colbert is supposed to serve merely as a presenting expedient for a truly stunning gymnastic performance by the terrifically charming Katelyn Ohashi, who seems made of rubber, but it turns out the whole deal is a ruse to allow Colbert to remind  the program’s audience (for the nth time) of Trump’s treason—that’s right, treason—and Russian perfidy, neither of which, by the unhinged liberaloid standards operating at CBS and sister networks, requires any proof.

Before examining Colbert’s participation in these charades more closely, let us recall that this is par for the course at CBS, an abject corporate entity which, along with its  sister networks and the nation’s leading newspapers, from the CIA-owned WaPo to the NYTimes, are fiercely pursuing a campaign to silence alternative media. CBS is in fact documented to be in bed with the sinister NewsGuard initiative, a newly-minted rightwing organisation created expressly to tighten the noose around the neck of dissident websites, thereby terminating effective free speech. (See here, and here and also here). All of this is done, of course, behind the usual barrage of lies and revolting hypocrisy that rule all liberaloid stratagems, the trademark of the current global system.

The underhanded campaign to kill free speech—a requisite for a veritable, airtight regime of fascism à l’américaine—issues and is inseparable from the current Russiagate hysteria, a hoax almost entirely authored and executed by the Democrats, in demonstrable complicity with the FBI, CIA and other sordid agencies of the American security state, with the enthusiastic assist of the mainstream media. None of this filth is democratic in the remotest way, which says something about the state of affairs in this nation, and the integrity —not of our politicians, for whom integrity or personal morality of any sort is a career killer and an alien concept—but of our supposedly more astute cultural tastemakers, among which lavishly paid prime time comedians —sycophantic court jesters is their accurate name—enjoy a place of disproportionate and highly toxic influence.

This is the framework, then, to judge this little monologue by Stephen Colbert. Please watch it in the sidebar below and answer me this question: Is this what you would really call honest comedy?

SIDEBAR

Watch this Late Show clip (on 1.14.19) with Stephen Colbert, the celebrity court jester who once cultivated an iconoclastic anti-establishment image, injecting the Russiagate venom under cover of a bad joke, just accusing Trump, again of, yea, let’s mention this in passing here… high treason, while supposedly celebrating the stunning accomplishment of Katelyn Ohashi. That this is typical Colbert these days confirms his status as a toxic media worm.

OK, so now you may see why we are so piqued this morning.

Perhaps you’ll agree with me at this point that what Colbert and others in his profession are doing is reprehensible in the extreme. For this guy is helping to fan the flames of an obnoxious propaganda conspiracy.[2] And he does it under the guise of innocent jokes, thereby normalising heinous falsehoods while his clueless public is completely unaware that they are actually absorbing a political advertisement, normalised brainwash, for the most dangerous and criminal product around, open-ended wars fuelled by neoliberalism in the age of nuclear superpowers. In this, Colbert and his ilk are simply weaponising humour. And that’s not all. As a collateral casualty, as Chris Hedges has noted, Colbert is also destroying satire, historically the ultimate refuge for truly iconoclastic minds:

Satire becomes destroyed in essence in the hands of figures like Colbert, Jon Stewart and others. They will attack the foibles of the system, but they are never going to expose the system, because they are all millionaires, they are commercially supported.

We have castigated Colbert in our pages before. In fact, do a search of our archives and you’ll find quite a few pieces devoted to this topic, including one by Steve Almond. Long recognised as a mordant social critic, Almond, surely one of  the most lucid voices working in this field, probably filed the definitive piece on the subject: The Joke’s On You. Are Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Lulling Americans Into Submission? (2012)

Steve opened his withering attack with this fusillade:

Among the hacks who staff our factories of conventional wisdom, evidence abounds that we are living in a golden age of political comedy. The New York Times nominates Jon Stewart, beloved host of Comedy Central’s Daily Show, as the “most trusted man in America.” His protégé, Stephen Colbert, enjoys the sort of slavish media coverage reserved for philanthropic rock stars. Bill Maher does double duty as HBO’s resident provocateur and a regular on the cable news circuit. The Onion, once a satirical broadsheet published by starving college students, is now a mini-empire with its own news channel. Stewart and Colbert, in particular, have assumed the role of secular saints whose nightly shtick restores sanity to a world gone mad.

If you read the piece, and I do hope you do, you’ll see why Steve deserves all the praise he can get. Still, what Almond says—that Stewart and Colbert have now assumed the role of secular saints— is disturbing because Colbert and his pals[3], in deviously bolstering the system’s agenda, represent the maximum evil, combining criminal motives with arrogant imbecility, albeit a brand of imbecility satanically seductive, wrapped as it is in what appears to be unusual, “fun” cleverness. I’d say it does not get much worse or insidious than that.

Pushing the system’s agenda is itself a crime

No intelligent or decent person can support the global ruling class agenda, a blueprint chiefly spawned and implemented by the US section, the leading, most hyperactive and arguably reckless subset of this plutocratic pestilence. Why? You know the answer. Because it means death. Fuelled by an insatiable thirst for hegemony, indifferent to the level of sociopathy necessary to implement its designs, and invariably fixated on miserable, short-term objectives that only preoccupy the 0.00001%, of the human race, the neocon agenda is driving the US and the rest of the world to a very real age of de facto fascism, rapid ecocide, and endless wars, including the Big One, which will terminate the trajectory of our sorry species once and for all, leaving the planet a vast radioactive graveyard.

Even Reagan, the hidebound reactionary who had no love for the Russkies or communism, saw the wisdom of preserving some form of peace between the superpowers. This he did in typical American fashion, badly and misleadingly (his Star Wars initiative, a betrayal of detente, was a prime example of Washington’s ineluctable search for nuclear strategic supremacy to secure the path to a disabling first strike), but at least in those days the world, including the prostituted imbeciles populating the media, seemed to have a clear understanding that playing with nuclear matches is beyond stupid, it’s suicidal. All of that is gone, however, including an anti-war movement immolated on the altar of liberaloid charlatanry. Yes, that was a very imperfect and dangerous world, but one which had not yet acquired truly, 100%, Orwellian DNA.

The fact that the liberals who control so much of the major media in the anglophone world and the so-called “West” are unrelenting—nonstop, downright tedious—in their effort to keep afloat the leaden Russiagate psyop[4], which so far has yet to show a single thread of supportable evidence, is a sign that we are in the hands of a monstrous ruling clique whose minuscule sanity is only matched by its legitimacy.

Of course, it’s been said before, evidence does not matter to these journos, courtiers and politicians: what matters most is to keep the arms race going, the empire encroaching across the globe, as usual, and American exceptionalism triumphant and unchallenged. At any cost.

Summation

Reading the above you may have guessed I find this type of propaganda not simply intrusive, which is bad enough, but nauseating. Colbert, you abominable bastard, damn it, leave Katelyn alone!  Get yourself a different shtick. Something a little bit more honest. Of course, I know I am wasting my time. To clamor for decency from an avatar of a system built on gross indecency is idiotic. So let’s say I’m doing this for the record. For time will come to settle the accounts and people will need to recall who was doing what in humanity’s hour of greatest need.

Am I being singularly hard on Colbert? Perhaps. Perhaps not. As we know, there are plenty of drooling, equally opportunistic would-be replacements. That said, the popularity of low-lifes does not excuse their individual guilt. Many think—like Colbert, no doubt— that skewering Trump for fame, money and glory is not just awfully easy—given the gargantuan target—but virtually irresistible, a great way to sail into the sunset—with a hefty bank account.[5] But for now I single out Colbert because he’s singularly vile, and because I dislike turncoats: not too long ago Colbert strutted around as a man willing to speak truth to power. Now the power of money speaks to him, and the dialog never really started. Also, and this is not inconsequential, he plays to larger audiences than even Bill Maher and John Oliver, two comedians who, behind a veneer of defiant truth-telling, also carry a lot of the same systemic disease.

We know by now that faux rebel satirists like Colbert are really smooth and stealth warmongering disinformers, having perfected the craft of seamlessly injecting imperial messages into their streams of “harmless” jokes. I don’t find that funny at all. Further, strictly on comedic terms, Colbert does not deserve the pantheon because his routine is not based on truth, the essence of which allows comedy to acquire genuine greatness. George Carlin and other observational comics got great laughs by doing the opposite of Colbert and his ilk, that is, by piercing the lies of a supremely mendacious system to get at the ugly but indispensable truths. For while Carlin dug up the truth, Colbert buries it. It’s mendacity elevated to self-preening egotism—very well paid egotism.

Incidentally, this same fetid choir is pretty agitated of late because Trump—again—has been making noises about exiting NATO. Trump being Trump, he may be doing this for all the wrong reasons, but, if this came to pass it would be a boon for humanity, removing a huge threat and irritant to peace, not to mention an unconscionable waste of money and energy.  Reflexively, the response from the liberal camp has been, as was the case with the excellent idea of withdrawing the empire’s forces from Syria, a chorus of Jeremiads. Yes, once again these bastards pretend not to see the obvious good in this, preferring instead to shout from the rooftops about a danger which does not exist, and of course, yet another reason to bash Trump — illegitimately, from the right.

In view of the preceding, can anyone with half a brain doubt that such a toxic script, an inversion of truth and good sense of alarming proportions, yet so eagerly distributed by media sycophants like Colbert, and countless hacks in the Democrat party, is being directed by the boys in Langley and the Pentagon at the behest of the global plutocracy?

Notes:-

  • [1] Click HERE to watch the CBS This Morning clip containing the Stephen Colbert segment.
  • [2] I exclude Jon Stewart now from this fulmination because although he gave us the treachery of Iago Colbert, he has now wisely retired to a life of good deeds defending some of the most terribly tyrannized animals.
  • [3] Using Trump as a convenient foil, the alliance of the liberal class with the empire’s agencies of repression is the subject of commentary by Patrick Martin, in The FBI’s police state operation against Trump. Noting the subversive (in a bad way) aspect of this tacit combination, Martin warns that the liberals are, in effect, hatching a coup against the president, hand in glove with the spooks and military (italics mine):

By what constitutional authority can the FBI, based on political positions adopted by one or the other of the two main capitalist parties, open up a secret investigation into treason and conspiracy? Such an operation bespeaks a police state and recalls the methods of the Gestapo.

The agency also investigated four of Trump’s campaign aides over possible ties to Russia, and even made use of the notorious Steele dossier, consisting of anti-Trump gossip collated from Russian sources by a former British intelligence agent on the payroll of the Democratic Party.

After Trump fired Comey, according to the Times, “law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests…(sic)  Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. (sic) Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.”

The operations of the FBI, encouraged, aided and abetted by the Times, recall the paranoid rantings of the John Birch Society, the ultra-right group formed in the 1950s, whose founder, Robert Welch, notoriously claimed that President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the former World War II commander of Allied forces in Europe, was a “a dedicated, conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy.”

Claims that once were the province of an extremist group, on the fringes of American politics, are now embraced by the military-intelligence apparatus, appear on the front page of the most influential American daily newspaper, and dominate the network and cable television news.

While there is no evidence of a conspiracy between Trump and Moscow, the Times report itself is evidence of a conspiracy involving the intelligence agencies and the corporate media to overturn the 2016 presidential election—which Trump won, albeit within the undemocratic framework of the Electoral College—and install a government that would differ from Trump’s chiefly in being more committed to military confrontation with Russia in Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere.

A secret security investigation by a powerful police agency directed against an elected president or prime minister can be described as nothing other than the antechamber to a coup by the military or intelligence services.

  • [4] In other countries, who lack a Trumpenstein figure as a focal point to despise and to pelt around the clock, the local ruling classes have been forced to use plain old Russophobia as their bogeyman, and the charge (without evidence or with fabricated evidence) that Moscow is “meddling in their affairs.”  Britain leads the parade in this regard, at times surpassing the Yanks in sheer inventiveness, hypocrisy, and malice (witness their Skripal hoax, for example, and their crucial participation in the MH17 psyops, among other disinformation campaigns).
  • [5] “Trump’s unorthodox presidency has been a boon for the satire industry: Many late-night hosts are reaping more jokes and greater cultural authority by continuing the Shakespearean tradition of the jester speaking truth to power. But the rewards haven’t been spread evenly.  Liberal Stephen Colbert, lauded by fans for his skewering of the president, has added viewers, bucking a trend of declining audiences, to push “The Late Show” to No. 1 in late night (3.8 million viewers, up 19% over last year).” – USA Today, Comedy Scorecard)
Media critic and former economist Patrice Greanville is funding editor of The Greanville Post.
avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Royal Doulton
Reader
Royal Doulton

Hollywood is a dark cult of entertainment producers, actors and technology wizards using multidimensional occult art and practice techniques to indoctrinate the masses. Where else do you find sympathy, honor and special rights for vampire, zombie, Psycho, gangster rapper, rape, murder, violence, sexual perversion, incest, bestiality, homosexuality, lesbian, transgender, and pedophilia? Hollywood, along with Big Tech are the new world order standards by which secret societies harvest our youth for social programming, mind control, sexual exploitation, and power.

wardropper
Reader
wardropper

I have always enjoyed Colbert’s humour from the start, but as was pointed out below, the world has changed since GWBush, and the ultimate catastrophe now threatening us seems too close to make much fun of. But, for heaven’s sake, he is a comic satirist. He is not a Mark Twain or a George Bernard Shaw – both men who could weigh the world seriously, while pointing out with their wit that some things were ridiculous enough to find extremely funny, or make us weep. Colbert’s job is to be funny all the time, and his undoubted quick intelligence is… Read more »

djrichard
Reader
djrichard

I’m guessing Colbert buys into the meritocracy. Which would make him consistent in his treatment of GWB and Trump. Neither had merit in being president and therefore were ripe for ridicule. But Colbert can’t see that the system itself is ripe for ridicule, even if it is meritorious. Probably because he sees himself (his merit) being validated by the system. For these types, the empire can be perfected, if only the right people were in place (those with merit).

John2o2o
Reader
John2o2o

“We have castigated Colbert in our pages before.”

And when you have finished with him would you apply the knife to Oliver’s scrotum? We can’t stop the bastards breathing, but maybe we can stop them breeding!

I wasn’t too impressed by the gymnast – a little too full of herself. Arrogance comes so naturally to Americans. I much prefer the beautiful and glamorous Russian figure skater Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. Real class.

Seamus Padraig
Reader
Seamus Padraig

What’s so sad about all this is that not so long ago, during those oh-so-dark days of the Bush administration, I actually found Stewart and Colbert to be a breath of fresh air in a media landscape overcome with war-hysteria. But sadly, mainstream comedy is now just as unwatchable as mainstream news. Even Reagan, the hidebound reactionary who had no love for the Russkies or communism, saw the wisdom of preserving some form of peace between the superpowers. This he did in typical American fashion, badly and misleadingly (his Star Wars initiative, a betrayal of détente, was a prime example… Read more »

Ken Kenn
Reader
Ken Kenn

Satire is about pricking the pomposity of the inflated balloon of the self righteous and those who give out the givens. All I can say about Trump is that if anyone had any proof of collaboration with those damn Russkies it would have been revealed by now – it hasn’t – so there isn’t any and he said she said etc etc is meaningless. Yet still the game is played. The game is perception – nothing more – nothing less. Trump being Trump has his ideas and ideology and his Corporate minders have another set of ideas. I am not… Read more »

Makropulos
Reader
Makropulos

Colbert like the entire media are simply frothing with rage that Trump was elected and, more to the point, that despite being a Republican right-winger, Trump is actually saying more truthful things than the Democrats e.g. about media machinations. Colbert and co. are livid that the American public have departed the cosy little script whereby the liberals presented themselves as “left”.

aldkfj
Reader

The problem with MSM, at least in the last 40 years stems from two major events. First, the rescinding of the Fairness Doctrine during the Reagan Administration, and second Bill Clinton’s pushing and then signing the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which allowed consolidation of ownership of cable, broadcast, and print media. The former spawned Rush Limbaugh and right wing radio pushing the tenants of the Powell Memo, that the masses needed to be saved from “big government” and “welfare queens” and that universities had been overrun by leftist ideology, and that taxes should be cut (particularly for the wealthy and… Read more »

intergenerationaltrauma
Reader

This article is unfortunately spot on accurate in it’s analysis. One could argue that the propaganda pushed by these supposedly independent and sophisticated comedians is even more effective than the propaganda pushed by any of the establishment MSM as this “comedic” version of propaganda operates in “stealth” fashion, once removed from any real discussion of objective “truth,” and open to plausible deniability (it’s just a joke). Such an approach to providing propaganda embeds it into the normalized fabric of daily life in a very different way than watching an actual MSM news. The “hip” Colbert “jokes” of course come delivered… Read more »

aldkfj
Reader

Ironic that you, and the author don’t see that Trump is the epitome of deception, of Deep State trickery and the rest of the sorry f__ing mess. The billionaire globalist fake populist who represents big increases in military spending, dismantling of nuclear arms agreements while engaging in nuclear weapons buildup (far beyond Obama’s “modernization” program), who loosened rules of engagement in the ME to make it much easier to slaughter civilians “legally”, who appointed a former CIA director to head the State Dept (replacing his oil tycoon appt), who appointed CIA torture queen to run the CIA, who banned Muslims… Read more »

intergenerationaltrauma
Reader

aldkfj – “Trump leftists” ??? Am I to assume that you are a member of the valiant – “Resistance” – one who insists that in an article about “comedians pumping out deep state propaganda” that you have duly noted a transgression on my part through me unwittingly failing to mention “the Orange One” and to bring him into this discussion no matter how tangentially? If I admit my transgression, will it go any easier for me? I must say I’m not sure why you would think that “projecting your own issues” onto other commentators is a good way to engage… Read more »

aldkfj
Reader

See my comment to Mark. Thanks o’ bunch.

milosevic
Reader
milosevic

has Oceania “always been at war with EastAsia,” or has it “never been at war with EastAsia?” I can’t seem to keep it straight. Both statements are simultaneously true. If you have a problem with that, you’re not exercising proper reality control. 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 them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the… Read more »

mark
Reader
mark

A few points, Dear Aldkfj:- 1.The nuclear weapons build up. This was Obongo’s programme, not Trump. Obongo decided to spend $1 trillion ($1,000,000,000,000,) on more shiny new nuclear weapons, just after picking up his Nobel Peace Prize. The Orange Man inherited this programme from Obongo. It’s not his. Though he did nothing to change it. Just let it ride. The price tag on all this shiny new WMD has since risen to $1.7 trillion. Raytheon, Lockheed etc. had to factor in all the graft and kickbacks. No doubt it will rise in due course to 2 or 3 or 4… Read more »

aldkfj
Reader

You perfectly illustrate my point. Trump leftists, like yourself, hold the absolutely correct and accurate yardstick to the Hillary and Bill Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, Schumer, Feinstein, and every other Democrat that comprise the corporate servicing power center of the Democratic Party and who work in tandem with Republicans in forwarding the interests of billionaires, large corporations, neoliberal economic policies of privatization and “austerity”, and the rest of the sorry mess. I didn’t allude to this in my post? And here you are making me out to be a DNC “correct the record” type troll. The reason Hasper was in a… Read more »

mark
Reader
mark

I’m not sure what a “Trump leftist” is. I don’t think I am one. I’ve always thought vaguely of myself as a moderate realistic conservative with a pragmatic view of policies. A strong dislike of parasitic financial capitalism and the looting kleptocracy that passes for our economic system, instead of a genuine free market that would see failing banks simply liquidated and the high and mighty subject to the same laws as everybody else. An even stronger dislike of wars and out of control military spending and the chaos and suffering they bring. A desire for a society that works… Read more »

milosevic
Reader
milosevic

milosevic
Reader
milosevic

Seamus Padraig
Reader
Seamus Padraig

Hmmm. I must confess, I really don’t see in his comment where ‘intergenerationaltrauma’ ever praised Trump. Nor did the author of the article he was commenting on. Have you had an eye-test recently? Seriously though, what galls ‘Trump leftists’ like us is not criticism of Trump; we criticize him relentlessly! No, what galls us is the fact that MSM only criticize him for when he does–or promises to do–the right thing, like pulling out of Syria, or drawing down in Afghanistan, or–gasp!–talking about pulling out of NATO. Apart from that, the MSM (and phony comedians like Colbert) only criticize him… Read more »

mark
Reader
mark

When Trump bombed Syria, he was immediately praised to the rafters. By the MSM, by the Neocons, by all the right on progressive Democrats.

mark
Reader
mark

The main thing about slimy, sneering little turds like Colbert, Oliver and Maher, is that they just aren’t very FUNNY. Trump must be God’s gift to all comedians. Any comedian worth his salt should be able to work up a good routine on him that would produce laughs from anyone, regardless of whether they love or loathe Trump or are completely indifferent to him. Instead, all we get is very tedious, cringeworthy sniping and virtue signalling. It’s the same in the UK with things like Private Eye. It used to target establishment figures under Peter Cook. Since that slimy little… Read more »

bevin
Reader
bevin

Bullying and mocking its victims; lynching and dealing in the relics of the dead are traditional occupations of white South Carolina a state in which blacks were once a majority after the indigenous population had been hunted and sold into slavery elsewhere.
Among the Palmetto State’s contemporary heroes are Nikki Haley, former governor, Senator LIndsay Graham, warmonger and international nuisance and Colbert. Those from the past include Pitchfork Ben Tillman, Wade Hampton and John C Calhoun. South Carolina, whose first Constitution was written by John Locke has been the epicentre of nastiness for centuries.
John Oliver is from the West Midlands.

nomad
Reader

thanks. i hadnt seem colbert in years. and then last night happened to pass by his monologue by accident. i found his mlk joke offensive and trivializing. ugh.

0use4msm
Reader
0use4msm

McCarthyism with a laugh track, it’s an admittance that the second time is as farce.

Joerg
Reader
Joerg

Excellent article – hitting the spot!

There are still some (older) commedians, who have not been corrupted:
“John Cleese: The UK ‘is in a mess’” (also true for other counrties – e.g. Germany) . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bteXcJAEKgY

Paolo
Reader
Paolo

I used to really appreciate this guy during the Bush years, now i can’t bear his ignorant pseudo informed satire. John Oliver is even worse, his moronic grin as if we’re are all on the same clever smart team. What an ignoramus. I guess Jon Stewart knew when to get out.

Savorywill
Reader
Savorywill

I was happy to see that last clip with the actual gymnastics of a truly talented person. But Stephen Colbert is a complete douchebag and I am glad that I only had to watch and listen to his utter ridiculous drivel here, as I never watch MSM. I can’t be bothered wasting my brain space, as much of there is it, with such drivel. That guys sucks so bad!

rtj1211
Reader
rtj1211

The evidence for ecocide is not there. Damage to ecology, certainly. But not ecocide. The evidence is growing that restoring world ecology is happening and the tools to accelerate that are emerging. 1. The recognition that aquifers and groundwater are key to solving water shortages is now unmistakeable. Riparian buffer zones, reintroduction of beavers, creating leaky dams are now acknowledged to increase river flow during drought, decrease flood peak, recharge groundwater and increase green vegetation. All over the northern hemisphere, projects using such technologies/ancient wisdoms are show step change in ecologies on the 5-20 year timescale. 2. Planting trees is… Read more »

Fair dinkum
Reader
Fair dinkum

Meanwhile, in Australia (a first world nation last time I looked), fish are dying in their millions in the Murray Darling, wild horses are dying of thirst, the Great Barrier Reef is dying, our government has approved the construction of the largest coal mine in the world and in some towns and cities tomorrow temperatures will reach almost 50c.
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
GOODBYE TOMORROW.

binra
Reader

Your insinuation is that extreme weather events are caused by man made CO2. That’s IT! Settled. Failure to groupthink is crime against Humanity – no much worse than that (because humanity is but vermin destroying the Planet) – so the crime is of ecocide or the generation of an extinction event. Not altogether a charge without merit – but nothing to do with CO2 and everything to do with toxic thinking of deceit and manipulation, running as ‘normal currency’. So your insinuation is that extreme weather events are caused by man made CO2. Along with this is YOUR powerlessness in… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
Reader
Mulga Mumblebrain

Idiotic ignorance.

binra
Reader

The ability to restore health to the Earth is more a matter of the will to heal, than of lack of ways to go about it. Because the environmental sin has been cultivated as a managed identity, it is generally used as a proxy or power source for corporate leverage – particularly through the CO2 demonising psyop as a means to shift to a global energy control system in which original sin is replaced with ‘carbon footprint’ from moving or doing anything. This system is not intended to be ‘user’ editable, so much as a technocratic result of parameters overseen… Read more »

aldkfj
Reader

I mean, jet streams all screwed up, the Arctic set to be ice free in the summer within a decade, positive feedback loops advancing warming exponentially……..what’s to be alarmed about? Trump doing his best to dismantle every meek measure to reign in fossil fuel production and consumption but instead accelerate both on steroids……what’s to be alarmed about?

Those pesky climatologists.

mark
Reader
mark

I’m old enough to remember all the “experts” and “scientists” telling us all a new Ice Age was imminent. You’d have to fight off marauding polar bears and packs of timber wolves every time you went out to post a letter or buy a bottle of milk. But that didn’t come about and instead we had Global Warming. The Sahara Desert was going to extend as far north as Birmingham and we’d all be growing dates and coconuts in our front gardens. Now they seem to have hedged their bets with “Climate Change.” So any kind of weather is proof… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
Reader
Mulga Mumblebrain

Lunatic denialist gibberish, every syllable testament to malignant ignorance.

binra
Reader

Lu-na-tic de-ni-a-list gib-ber-ish, ev-e-ry syll-ab-le tes-ta-ment to ma-lig-nant ig-nor-ance.

Nope – it didn’t make a haiku.

binra
Reader

https://drtimball.ca/2019/another-climate-propaganda-story-promoting-the-normal-as-abnormal/ You can take the ride on what you are being fed – but why would you want to buy into a negative feedback loop by feeding it your energy and attention? The true need is kept hidden by false flags to ‘stories’ that hack into human guilt and apocalyptic terrors, along with the sacrificial rituals of the ‘chosen’ ones upon those they are directed to sacrifice. There is nothing new in the pattern excepting it runs behind the mask of ‘science’ as accepted truths of expert elites – or toxic ‘bollox’ hidden within complex instruments of deceit. Before taking… Read more »

bevin
Reader
bevin

There is much truth and necessary optimism in what you write. But the current reality in Ontario, where all of the remedial movements which you mention are at work, is that the destruction goes on and its momentum is dreadful. Consider the roll back of almost all environmental safeguards and the cancelling of carefully constructed regulation of the aquifers and flood plains as well as ending the long established tree seed plant and reforestation projects, which are exemplified in the Philistine Bill 66 currently before the ontario Legislature. And then there is the coming holocaust in Brazil. While there is… Read more »

BigB
Reader
BigB

Let’s agree, for hopes sake at least, that the current state of the biosphere is reversible, with the correct mitigation policies. Nonetheless, alarmists, such as myself, still have every right to be alarmists. The point is, if we carry on acting as we do, the biosphere will soon be beyond the point of its inherent resilience, its plasticity, and homeostatic ability to self-regenerate. It is a brave person who can put forth the argument that we have not passed that point already. In truth, no one knows …but we are soon to find out. What should be made clear, is… Read more »

binra
Reader

We simply need a true and honest account as a basis for decisions. While pollution, war and sickness is profitable it persists. But we do not have such a way of thinking while identity politic operates polarised division. For everyone sees their shadow in each other. And so regaining the capacity for communication is the first order – which requires the undoing of the ‘mind-capture’ or conditioned reaction in ourselves – as the transparency to the Receptive as the opening from projected guilt to relational honesty. I see it that a deceit based system is by definition at war with… Read more »

binra
Reader

Using the word ‘vermin’ for other people in public expression is something I associated with genocidal insanity. The distinction between human thinking and human beings is the difference between equating humanity with vermin or a virus on the Earth (ie:an evil) and recognizing that false thinking is distorting our perception and appreciations of our self, each other and our world. Once false thinking adulterates and subverts the mind, it runs as a narrative masking identity. The matrix of a masking ‘reality’ overlay is never one alone doing unto others – but always an entanglement in which we play a part… Read more »

J'Accuse News (@NewsAccuse)
Reader

Pistachio-pitchman Stephen Colbert’s paycheck came from the characters profiled in Yasha Levine’s “Oligarch Valley: How Beverly Hills billionaire farmers Lynda and Stewart Resnick profit from the Iran sanctions they lobbied for” https://mondoweiss.net/2013/07/oligarch-valley-how-beverly-hills-billionaire-farmers-lynda-and-stewart-resnick-profit-from-the-iran-sanctions-they-lobbied-for/

binra
Reader

What’s new? War – as the assertion of narrative reality – is the battle for the mind of illusion in which all ‘sides’ join in denying truth. Rather than personalise the attack and thus suffer the gift we give others, better to see that the ego or the mind of the denial of truth, never sleeps, but is active in defence of illusion against truth and in belief that its illusion is truth, and is attacked and so is justified in attacking back. Don’t listen to lies. Don’t look for truth where it is not to be found. Narrative identities… Read more »

MichaelK
Reader
MichaelK

I used to quite like Colbert, Maher, Stewart et al, during the Bush era. I had my doubts and felt uneasy though. They seemed a bit too self-satisfied for my tastes and too partisan. I mean laughing at conservative Republicans and their dire leaders is just a little too easy. Then everything changed when Obama was elected. He looked like everything the liberal/left had dreamed about for decades. A Black President! Think of the symbolism. But the way Obama looked wasn’t enough, there has to be some substance underneath the smooth, glossy, surface of hip liberalism US style. Only there… Read more »

Fair dinkum
Reader
Fair dinkum

Vanity heaped upon hubris.
He’s got a lot in common with the Orangutang

harry stotle
Reader
harry stotle

All foretold – Colbert and shysters like him are the kind of artifacts predicted in a post-truth world.
Put another way the MSM is its own hermeneutically sealed judge and jury.

binra
Reader

The Main Stream Mind – in all its seeming parts. Is the investment in its own (self) conviction.
The opening of the mind to that it may be wrong about itself may seem destructive to its sense of defence and therefore denied, but … what if we are wrong about ourselves because we are thinking from a false basis and yet ‘love and protect’ our thought as our self?