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Dick Croy

When I wrote my stage play Morons, after availing myself of the abundance of evidence that 9/11 was a false flag operation aided and abetted by rogue elements within our own government.

You’d be correct in assuming that it was my intention to get in the face of as many people as possible, even though the inflammatory title alone would no doubt limit its potential audience – to say nothing of theater companies.

But that didn’t matter, I couldn’t imagine its ever being produced anyway, not in my lifetime.

The point – other than simply ranting to vent my extreme anger and frustration – was to leave something on the record for future generations trying to comprehend how such evil could occur, and be so successfully covered up, in a supposedly well-educated, well-informed nation like the United States; how such a ludicrous patchwork of lies could be accepted as the truth of what had taken place. (Much as many are still trying to get their heads around the self-immolation of the German nation under Hitler.)

But there was another reason for using as the title an epithet that is much heard these days, although I was only vaguely aware of this at the time. Before it became an insult, moron was “a term used in psychology to denote mild intellectual disability,” according to my handy consultant Wikipedia.

And I was grappling with the distressing fact that so many otherwise intelligent Americans were buying into the “official” version of 9/11 sold by government and the media, even though as I had discovered, there was so much evidence available to refute it.

In answer to this conundrum, psychologists weighed in with the concept of “cognitive dissonance.” When people’s basic beliefs are challenged by information that contradicts them, they’ll ignore or disavow the threatening information.

And then there’s brainwave entrainment, which I learned about from an interview between physicist and inventor Adam Trombly and Catherine Austin Fitts, founding editor of The Solari Report and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Trombly stated that Germany under Hitler first developed entrainment as an effective technology for mass mind control, by inducing relaxing alpha waves in large groups of people, making them more suggestible.

This is how “they were able to get thousands of soldiers to line up in neat little rows and listen to Hitler blabber for hours…as they stood there in the heat with perfect attention,” he said, adding ominously that the technology was “very, very primitive compared to what we’re seeing today.”

It’s when entrainment is combined with subliminal programming that we can be made to believe that 19 people with box cutters could bring down four commercial jetliners, destroy the World Trade Center and defeat the entire U.S. air defense system.

Many of us of a certain age may remember first hearing about subliminal programming being inserted into TV commercials back in the late ‘50s persuading viewers to buy stuff. There was actually a minor scandal when someone screwed up and inserted too many frames into an ad and people spotted the message.

There was a congressional hearing – but we all know what they’re for. The whole thing blew over and the CIA and political parties jumped on the technology big time.

Now, said Trombley, “It’s the dumbing down of not just the American public, but the world public. It is the intentional dumbing down [my emphasis]. And so, for example, Fukushima Daiichi goes off and everybody says this is like a really bad nuclear disaster, and the Japanese governments is in denial and yet somehow or other, here we are with it going off 24-7 and spewing incredible amounts of radio isotopes into the air and people don’t have the attention for it anymore.”

There is much more in this article from The Solari Report that helps explain the source of what I’m calling existential stupidity, and I urge you to read it if my short and incomplete summary interests you. We need to acknowledge that we’re facing a world crisis, and Catherine Austin Fitts is one of many 21st Century Thomas Paines trying to wake people up.

In my own early efforts I came to realize that “moron” had acquired a special meaning for me. In writing, editing and revising my play, the word came to refer to people of average or, especially, above-average intelligence who nevertheless behave in ways that favor their extinction.

“Morons” by this definition are like winners on the repugnant website Darwin Awards, “who improve our gene pool – by removing themselves from it in the most spectacular way possible –” except that instead of engaging in award-winning fatal behavior, they merely remain lethally passive. As in Edmund Burke’s often cited quotation, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men [and women] do nothing.”

In Morons the following dialogue takes place between ARONSON, a well-traveled rather world-weary middle-aged man and his younger listener:

“Well, think about it. What’s the one make-or-break factor in whether a species survives or not?” (when there is no answer) “Adaptive behavior. How it deals with its environment. Fits into the existing order. That’s what “survival of the fittest” means. And that’s the fundamental measure of intelligence. If we go down, it will be stupidity that does us in.”

To which the other replies, “Existential stupidity. Sounds about right.”

So what I’m attempting in this short piece is to establish a new meme, one that might possibly gain some online traction and make people think. My life partner says I’m too angry; kindness and compassion are better ways to cure society’s ills.

But I believe that anger is essential too when used in attempting to right wrongs and to wake people up. Maybe introducing the concept of “existential stupidity” into our post- 9/11 world will serve a useful purpose. 9/11 should have been our wake-up call, yet most Americans are still asleep and all but refuse to wake up.

Or they choose to see this heinous state crime against humanity as a terrible event in the past, period, rather than a revelatory exposure of ongoing malign forces that continue to threaten the whole world.

Dick Croy is an award-winning screenwriter, novelist and playwright. He was writer and director of The Fourth Dimension, a documentary series of seven 60-minute television specials on the paranormal. His novel The River Jordan, co-authored with the late Henry Burke, was a book-of-the-year nominee in 2001. Fugitive Slave, their contemporary drama portraying the historical spirit of the Underground Railroad, is both an award-winning screenplay and a stage play which has received readings by the Classical Theatre of Harlem and other theater companies.

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Petra Liverani
Sep 26, 2019 11:28 AM

I didn’t look at very many witness testimonies and didn’t realise how funny some of them were. Here’s Cheryl Ryefield, Pentagon public affairs officer with her observations of the Pentagon plane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_qNXipyJUQ

Petra Liverani
Sep 26, 2019 11:43 AM
Reply to  Petra Liverani

In this testimony she first says she was stuck in traffic and shortly after says the traffic was really light. I know I shouldn’t be surprised but even though I came to know it was completely staged just like all the recent bullshit bombings and mass shootings I hadn’t quite recognised how similar it really was. https://hereisnewyorkv911.org/cheryl-ryefield/

Kerry Fritz II
Sep 24, 2019 5:38 PM

Blame treasonous US voters,
which are the moral minority (33%) of the [email protected]
US is only a CORPORATION (legal fiction).
See 28 USC 3002 Subsection 15 (A) (B) (C) &
re-written Constitution since The Act of 1871

Revelation 2:9 & Revelation 3:9 (listed)
Are Inbred Neanderthals

Petra Liverani
Sep 22, 2019 2:23 AM

It’s the planes, dummy!

Thought I had it all figured out but, of course, I didn’t … and probably still don’t but I’ve made a jump.

The key to understanding 9/11 truth is focus on the planes, not the buildings. The collapse of WTC-7 itself, the various theories of what brought the buildings down: thermite, thermate, nanothermite, directed energy weapons, nuclear and all the rest of it were major distraction away from the planes.

When you figure out the planes, specifically Flights 11 and 175, then you have it pretty much ALL figured out.

If the planes were faked then:
— the buildings obviously didn’t come down by fire
— 265 people of the alleged 3,000 said to have died did not die.

If, right off the bat, 265 of the alleged 3,000 did not die then we have to question why the perps managed to fake the deaths of those 265 but chose not to fake the deaths of the remaining 2,735 when they had complete control of the timing between evacuation and the collapses of the buildings. They managed to do a complete evacuation of WTC-7, why not the twin towers? Wouldn’t they also have managed to ensure the fewest possible people in the buildings in the first place? The planes struck before 9am and I’ve read there were drills on the subway (can’t find source for moment) so, assuming there were only few people in the buildings, the evacuation would not have been so difficult.

— Do you believe that the US government would let citizens die in the twin towers when controlled demolition is so very obvious and they could have easily faked it as they did for the planes?
— Do you believe they would expose themselves to the wrath of the loved ones of those all those people?
— Do you believe that that’s the level of sophistication and the nature of their psyops? That they killed a very significant number of people when they could have faked it?
— Do you believe that if they really had killed 3,000 people, we’d be chewing the fat about it for 18 years online?

Figuring out the planes takes so little effort. It’s mind blowing. I have to take my hat off to the incredible smoke n mirrors job the perps have done. Sure, they’ve learnt from their antecedents but still, it’s amazing.

200 ton airliners do not melt into 500,000 ton steel frame skyscrapers. This is against Newtonian physics. As pointed out by a YouTuber in this clip, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuhNR6lx97E, from one of the films and TV shows presaging 9/11, The Medusa Touch (1978), the plane crashing in the film obeys Newtonian physics much better than Flight 175 melting into the South tower does. In the Medusa Touch, unlike in Flight 175, we see:
— deceleration
— damage to both the building and the plane
— fuel igniting at point of entry without a bizarre delay

For more on 9/11 presages see: https://youtu.be/_AUclXzapJo?t=1215

For more on the planes see https://occamsrazorterrorevents.weebly.com/four-faked-plane-crashes.html.
But you don’t need to see more. Planes do not melt into buildings. This is against Newtonian physics.

9/11 was the ultimate in the Emperor’s New Clothes. It gets the gold star. Planes do not melt into buildings and steel frame skyscrapers do not come down in a matter of seconds in symmetrical fashion.

Consider the level of dynamism in the following websites:
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth – https://www.ae911truth.org/
Firefighters for 9/11 Truth and Unity (it is alleged that 343 firefighters died) – https://www.ff911truthandunity.org/
Pilots for 9/11 truth – http://pilotsfor911truth.org/

Please give considerable thought to the meaning of the word psyop. It is very important to understand the nature of a psyop.

Petra Liverani
Sep 21, 2019 5:26 AM

The perps don’t need to employ any special techniques to fool us although perhaps they do employ them occasionally. They’ve been fooling us since at least 1666 (but I’m sure for much longer than that) with EXACTLY the same techniques.

What the perps understand better than the masses is the different “tendency to believe” profiles – and you can see they knew these profiles back in 1666 – see Gloria Moss’s article, The Great Fire of London – Cui Bono? https://off-guardian.org/2019/09/01/the-great-fire-of-london-cui-bono. This is crucial. I don’t know what all the profiles are (although I doubt there are really very many) and perhaps I’m misidentifying them a little but these are the ones I’ve discovered in my five years of studying 9/11 and other staged events:

1. Judge only by the evidence – The rarest profile (which I think I can say I belong to) is complete openness to the evidence and ability to turn on a dime when new evidence contradicts a current belief. People in this profile also judge by ALL the evidence not just some, certainly not individual items. The only person I think I can say I’ve encountered on or offline who also belongs to this profile is Gerard Holmgren who unfortunately died before I became aware of his existence. He was far more learned scientifically and politically than I am and had an incredible understanding of 9/11 from very early on but I think our approaches to evidence is similar. See more on Gerard at my webpage: https://occamsrazorterrorevents.weebly.com/gerard-holmgren.html

2. Disbelieve by default – A more common profile (maybe a bit under 10% or so of the population) is that of people who, by default, believe nothing from authorities. This includes my identical twin. Ironically, these people can still be manipulated by the perps. Recently, I suspected that the first person to come out and say that the moon landings were a hoax, Bill Kaysing, may have been a CIA plant to get disbelievers-by-default on board with the “moon landings hoax” so that when they came out saying that 9/11 (or other events) was an inside job they would be ridiculed and also tar more evidence-based thinkers with the same brush. So clever, no? See more on this at my webpage: https://occamsrazorterrorevents.weebly.com/mind-control.html

3. Believe by default – People who believe everything from the authorities regardless.

4. Judge according to beliefs about society – Those who judge by their beliefs about society. I have a friend who I’ve discussed staged events with many times. She gets them, however, her beliefs about society still get in the way. If the event involves a Muslim knifing someone to death she will “see” that it is fake but if it involves police bashing a disabled pensioner then the same hallmarks that indicate the knifing by a Muslim is fake come across to her as “sloppy journalism” even though they cannot fit “sloppy journalism”, they can only fit the deliberate signs they always give us when they’re hoaxing us (eg, nose cone popping out of the other side of the tower on 9/11). Because she has a low opinion of the police, the bashing of the disabled pensioner is a plausible scenario to her and she chooses plausibility to judge rather than the evidence.

5. Plateau at a certain point – Those who get to a certain level of truth and then stop questioning because at this point their beliefs are firmly lodged in their psyche and they will not be moved from them. This includes a very large number of truthers as evidenced on this site. The perps have done a great job here. Hats off. “9/11 controlled demolition truth” was planned as part of the psyop along with many other forms of propaganda. Propaganda can be the absolute truth but the truth can be mixed with lies to fool people and it can also be used as major distraction. The perps have us all focused on controlled demolition and bring in their disinformation “loved ones” and Family Steering Committee who seemingly call out the completely bogus 9/11 Commission to ensure we keep believing in the death and injury lie. While truthers are brandishing the truth of “controlled demolition” in the one hand and the lie of “staged death and injury” in the other they will get nowhere as non-truthers simply will not accept that the US government would have killed those people in the buildings … and they are correct in their non-acceptance! The US government would never have killed those people as it’s not their MO. They pride themselves on psyopping us and they absolutely didn’t need to kill people for real for their terror story. They really couldn’t have done it for real in any case. Real loved ones would have gone absolutely nuts and they needed to involve too many people. It frustrates me that truthers call 9/11 a psyop and yet think that 3,000 people were killed while some even think the planes were real. My goodness. 200 ton airliners do not melt into 500,000 ton steel frame buildings. But the perps knew in advance that convincing truthers that no one died would be next to impossible and that people 18 years on would still believe in real planes despite the evidence from numerous angles there were no plane crashes.

6. Hold certain things as sacred – I am friends with someone personally connected to Julian Assange. When I discovered that Chelsea Manning was an intelligence asset and the Collateral Murder video was fake I tried to tell him and a number of other connected people. No one wants to know that truth – it is astounding how I’m completely ignored on this subject. We can’t have Julian being a dupe of the power elite. Not that he was the only one – the information is readily available to everyone on the planet and I wish I’d recognised it sooner. You will never get to the truth if you have a problem with what the truth actually is and if you don’t want to recognise being duped. For more on Chelsea: https://occamsrazorterrorevents.weebly.com/wikileaks-controlled-opposition.html

Gary Weglarz
Gary Weglarz
Sep 16, 2019 4:13 PM

When Charles de Gaulle returned from John Kennedy’s funeral he shared some observations with one of his assistants who later shared them publicly. He stated that he knew the CIA and U.S. Military were the assassins, but he predicted that the American people didn’t have the stomach to pursue the truth.

Of we Americans he stated: (“They don’t want to know, they don’t want to find out, they won’t let themselves find out.”)

Truer words were never spoken and they apply every bit as much to the 9/11 false flag operation as to Kennedy’s assassination so many years ago.

As historian and social critic Daniel Borstin observed of the American public back in 1961 – even before Kennedy’s murder – (“citizen-consumers are daily less interested in whether something is a fact than in whether it is convenient that it should be believed.”)

Sep 16, 2019 3:40 PM

This is another essay founded upon,

…the abundance of evidence that 9/11 was a false flag operation aided and abetted by rogue elements within our own government

…but also another that doesn’t ask, ‘which rogue elements are responsible?’ What is their motivation? what (if any) are their unifying ideas ? ‘The Neocons are the prime suspects’ people answer, so are they best understood as ‘American imperialists’ or as ‘Israel First American Jews’? [hint: read about Irving Kristol]
Caitlin Johnstone tweets:

“Why doesn’t the left look at Israel exactly the same as every other country, hmmmmmmm?” Because it isn’t the same as every other country. It plays a crucial role in the empire’s geostrategic maneuverings in the Middle East. It’s not about Jews or Judaism, it’s about imperialism.

This assumes a dichotomy between ‘imperialism’ and ‘Jews or Judaism’. Maybe some are motivated by both?
Gilad Atzmon writes,

Every so often we hear from one Torah rabbi or another that “Zionism is not Judaism.” Those who have reached this point surely grasp that ‘Zionism vs. Judaism’ is a fake dichotomy.’

Israel is now a deeply theocratic state, the term ‘zionism’ is regarded as archaic in Israel.
Someone on twitter (not to me) : ‘Marxists hate Israel you fucking moron’.
Yet if we bother to read some history, Moses Hess was a key teacher of Karl Marx and a key founder of Zionism. USSR was an early supporter of Israel. These, and other awkward historical facts are why 9/11 is uncomfortable territory for the anti-war Left.

Sep 16, 2019 7:22 PM
Reply to  crank

At the time Zionism didn’t hold the same connotations as today and Stalin regretted supporting the early stolen state. And Karl Marx wrote an essay called the Jewish question warning is about the likes of Moses Hess etc

Sep 16, 2019 8:27 PM
Reply to  Graft

The Irgun were formed in 1931. It was pretty clear that Zionism had its roots in ethno-nationalism from just about all its writings before their appearance. Although it was arguably a decidedly different strain, Labor Zionism was responsible for the Nakba. Hess is regarded as the founder of Labor Zionism.
Marx wrote a book (Die Duetsche Ideologie) with the ‘father of German Communism’ Moses Hess (who is credited with converting Engels to Communism), but later diverged with him.
Seeing as the Neocons were many of them ‘Trotskyists’ before becoming ‘American conservatives’, it is worth asking how these professed allegiances and intersections of ideologies interact with each other.
If Johnstone and others are to write such things, they owe their readers (and themselves) a deeper education in the history of the political movements they mention and how they relate to Jewish identity and Israel.

Sep 16, 2019 8:52 PM
Reply to  crank

As a perfect accompaniment to Caitlin Johnstone’s tweet, consider this from Tulsi Gabbard, the darling of the anti-war Left and the ‘patriotic’ Right:

Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters. Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not “America First.”

-in response to developments in KSA.
It is OK on the Left to accuse Saudi Arabia of being Trump’s ‘masters’ but not to make an exact parallel accusation about Israel [imagine the words changed]. To imply that the imperial power relationship between Saudi Arabia and Washington is inverted is alright, to say the same about Israel is ‘antisemitic’ and would leave someone like Tulsi exposed to accusations of far right conspiracy theory from Left commenters.
It is the clearest of clear double standards.
It is also a complete inversion of the situation, as Trump is surrounded by IsraelFirst ethno-supremacists.
This is what 9/11 could teach us, if we went further than the superficial.

Sep 16, 2019 12:14 PM

Finally, someone is getting to the core of the problem:, ” How can so many people be so stupid as to believe the official narrative? However, I think “Existential Ignorance” would be more appropriate for a meme. The reason is the deliberate act of ignoring the evidence that contradicts the official narrative is willful, not stupid. The question should be, “How can so many people willfully ignore the credible evidence that proves that the destruction of the the three towers was an inside job?”

As you point out, many of these people are intelligent and educated, and fundamentally capable of discerning fact from fiction, so why would they diverge so dramatically? At this point one can explore the psychological dynamics that come to bear on the individual who is basically under attack by the full weight of government and media disinformation, and who suffer “cognitive dissonance” as a result. Thus, they simply surrender to the official narrative.

I think that the JFK assassination should be referenced as the first major test, by the government and the media, to force the acceptance of the official narrative. From that event, they learned that it is relatively easy to rob the individual of rational, critical thinking. Now imagine that the government has had 50 years to develop and refine psychological weapons of mind control that influence every aspect of a persons life. And this may explain why it is so easy for the government to force the official narrative on a somnolent and conditioned populace.

Sep 18, 2019 11:03 AM
Reply to  Bandit

If Noam Chomsky doesn’t care ……..https://youtu.be/rIOA8Cyc4_Y

Sep 18, 2019 11:27 AM
Reply to  Bandit

“I think that the JFK assassination should be referenced as the first major test, by the government and the media, to force the acceptance of the official narrative”
Doesn’t help when this guy disagrees https://youtu.be/rIOA8Cyc4_Y

Jihadi Colin
Sep 16, 2019 8:43 AM

I don’t see what’s repugnant about the Darwin Awards. It’s certainly better than the so called Nobel Peace Prize, the qualification for which entails being a war criminal or an enabler of war criminals.

Sep 18, 2019 11:15 AM
Reply to  Jihadi Colin

Social Darwinism aka eugenics no better than enablers of war
just another suit in the wardrobehttp://eugenicsarchive.ca/discover/connections/535eee377095aa0000000259#!

Sep 18, 2019 11:45 AM

Darwins original book title was
as Michael Cain would say , “Not a lot of people know that”

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Sep 16, 2019 6:29 AM

Dick Croy says it all, superbly . . .

Existential Stupidity by morons in government science & academia, let alone society.

Art that mocks, energises our deliverance from evil intelligence, with plain denial & Just Anger.

Sincere thanks,

Sep 15, 2019 11:12 PM

Thank You from the bottom of my heart. The heart of a true Don Quijote. Riding against the windmills of stupidity for half a century. They are so evasive. Perfectly evasive. My Rosinante is as tired as I am after all these years. My friends say ‘tranquilo, tranquilo’, but there are so many mills and so little time left…

Sep 15, 2019 9:52 PM

This article is excellent stuff.
There is no lack of people who can see exactly what is wrong today, but a serious shortage of people who have some idea of what can be done about it.
Many people experience the anger mentioned here, but it is exactly that anger which is removed from public discussion about the monstrous political acts performed upon us today.
Anger is politically incorrect, of course, and that is why I reckon it might be a good idea to cultivate it anew.

Sep 15, 2019 11:32 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Righteous anger is not a vice. The “hater” meme is designed to crush righteous indignation and anger.
“Hater” is a modern “Hitler”, designed to block rational debate and discussion. “Denier” is another.

Sep 16, 2019 12:04 AM
Reply to  wardropper

“Anger is politically incorrect”

The current designs enforced on the society leaves just one with few options to deal with anger. The new conditions convinces you that only a small minority is ‘angry’.

Effective remedies, according to the Establishment, are to change your thinking (very much like The Guardian), or you cocoon yourself in a cage built with ‘anti-depressants’.

Hardheaded and still no cure?
Well, the ‘Justice’ system offers you ‘HM Prison Belmarsh’.

Sep 16, 2019 12:27 AM
Reply to  hollyPlastic

Well said. And Igor too.

Sep 15, 2019 9:14 PM

The Salisbury poisoning, followed by the Amesbury poisoning (the Russians did it!) were so obviously ridiculous and false flags that it’s absolutely gobsmacking that so many people buy into such nonsense; but they do. The biggest nonsense of all, of course, was 9/11.

I don’t agree with “existential stupidity”; more, that fear is what controls most people, and that’s an easy one to spin.

Sep 16, 2019 11:55 PM
Reply to  RobG

Fear is just one of the factors which contribute to existential stupidity.

Sep 15, 2019 9:14 PM

The United States of America was sanctioned for their Controlled Demolition of WTC 1 & 2 plus Building 7 when upon exit from office we evidenced Bear Stearns being murdered outright by
naked short selling of Bear stock right when George W. Bush & his Torture Regime of Neocons & seriously mentally disturbed CIA contractors decided that they should receive medals of honour for their combined disservice to humanity as they exited helmsman status thinking that Dr. Alan Greenspan had everything under control with respect to the macroeconomic landscape.

George W. Bush was literally forced to exit the highest public office in the land with the dishonour he deserved & the worst macroeconomic crash since the Great Depression. This signified to the entire world that the United States of America was indeed bankrupt & insolvent just as all the top marquee Bank Holding Companies had to rush to Congress in order to fellate the old bulls in both houses enough to squeeze $800 billion out of the old anal retentive bastards that occupy the seats of institutional incompetence that have managed to throw Casino Capitalism out-the-window for the ever popular Keynesian stimulus Quantitative Easing regime that is currently destroying all the gains that the elite text book Psychopaths in the George W. Bush Terror Regime made during their tenured debauchery & psychopathy run amok to eviscerate the future for the entirety of America as a continent.

Not even the prince of darkness himself could extricate George W. Bush from his certain fate in perdition for his leadership with regard to the mass murder of thousands of Americans and other nationalities.

George W. Bush mistakenly thought that no individuals in this world were capable of taking down the entire Western Banking System and the security apparatus that supports people like George W. Bush to commit genocide on an international scale.

Boy was he wrong let me assure all!

WELCOME to the New World Disorder, Dubya!



Sep 15, 2019 8:16 PM

Anger should be a staple, outrage a norm. If it was so, these events might very well be reduced if not eliminated entirely. Imagine a world intolerant to the machinations of psychopaths. There might actually be peace.
Voices of reason are silenced by manipulating the apathetic indifference of the tolerant. We the people bare the shame.

George Cornell
George Cornell
Sep 15, 2019 8:14 PM


Proof that satire is no longer possible comes with the news that the beloved magazine Mad ceases print publication of new material this month. It was said that it was not possible to come up with material to compete with the daily absurdities of the Trump administration.

George Mc
George Mc
Sep 15, 2019 8:43 PM
Reply to  George Cornell

Tom Lehrer, the satirical songwriter, said he stopped the moment Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize, after which it was clear that satire was dead.

Karl Kraus, the Viennese satirist, stopped just when you would expect him to go into overdrive i.e. when the Nazis came. Perhaps he too, realised that these events were beyond satire because they were already a satire on themselves.

George Cornell
George Cornell
Sep 15, 2019 8:48 PM
Reply to  George Mc

Quite so.

Sep 15, 2019 9:53 PM
Reply to  George Cornell

I would still prefer to see Mad Magazine repeat itself frequently, rather than give up.

George Cornell
George Cornell
Sep 15, 2019 10:27 PM
Reply to  wardropper

That is what they are going to do, just no new material and no newsstand copies, as I understand it.

Dismembered Body Editor: (Lower Half)

Sep 15, 2019 10:30 PM
Reply to  George Cornell

Thanks George.
It’s been a while since I did any “Mad” research… : )

Sep 16, 2019 12:10 AM
Reply to  George Cornell

To be honest, I can’t see how Mad Magazine can say they can’t come up with material to compete with the Trump administration when they were able to compete with 12 years of Bush pere et fils (if not simultaneously) and 8 years of the Obama administration. After all, many of the same parasites who infested George W Bush’s administration are being put through their paces in Trump’s real-life version of his “The Apprentice” television show.

But I doubt that it was Mad Magazine’s decision to pull the plug: it is owned by DC Comics and it is DC Comics’ decision to close it down. My guess is that DC Comics is having problems promoting its product in comics and films and is cutting corners everywhere to shore up its failing core business. (Rebooting the concept behind major comic characters and changing their histories from one narrative to its polar opposite every few years – are the Olympic Games coming around again? must be time for another reboot! – does not help.)

George Cornell
George Cornell
Sep 16, 2019 12:21 AM
Reply to  Jen

Actually I’m not sure Mad said that but others have. But former staffers have been interviewed. The antipathy to Trump is so high any excuse to blame him is seized upon.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Sep 16, 2019 12:27 AM
Reply to  Jen

Washington DC Comics ?

M-utually A-ssured D-estruction,

No laughing matter …

Sep 15, 2019 4:09 PM

And it is the likes of us, that question the narratives imposed by corrupt power, dirty money and perverse vanity, that are branded as “useful idiots”

Brian Steere
Sep 15, 2019 3:49 PM

“No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.”
~ Alan Bullock, in Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives

However, I also feel to look at what its effects are in our mind, our worldview, or literally our experience of ourself and our world.

Crying ‘wolf!’ can be falsely manipulated. Such that no one believed the manipulator. If however, they also have a big stick and we don’t, then we may choose to avoid the stick by whatever degree of compliance and conformity feels necessary – or even fetching the stick for the master in order to prove loyalty or seek favour.
Cognitive dissonance is a psychological defence.
It easy to see the light switch when the light is on.
Not so easy to see what could unravel your world.

But there is another way of looking at our life ‘in the world’ – what if it is maintained upon a lie defended against exposure – as in the ‘presumption of the judgement of good and evil’? And that a deep sleep fell on Adam who hasn’t yet woke up?

In this sense I invite considering anything and everything in our life experience as a messenger of our Soul or ‘lost wholeness of being’ – to the reintegration or awakening from a true foundation.
For it is my conviction the the ‘lie’ would unravel without ingenuity of deceit employed or applied for its sustainability and recycling. The lie being revealed by what we are not allowed to bring into open awareness and sharing without penalty or persecution because it is given power to ensure our own protection.

I write this also because the idea of apocalypse is a revelation of truth through the raising of unconscious deceits to awareness – and not a punishing damnation for the Living. It is the lie that lacks true sustenance and so it must project its conflict as a frame of division to accuse itself in others and draw power for vengeance from worshipped grievance. This propagates fear and hate under a mask of plausible deniability – but when the mask disintegrates – the underlying device of sustainability is revealed to be for a private agenda of toxic debt set against wholeness.

One can respond as ‘He who must not be named is back!’ – or that the deceiver can no longer mask in a fair-seeming presentation. I read (Corbett report) a quote that said the CIA’s task is complete when nothing the public believes is true. But what if its role is over when nothing it does or says is given allegiance of belief?

These choices are not about others, but addressing our own accepted self-recognition – from which we relate, perceive, interact and respond. Everyone teaches, all the time, by every thought and act, and everyone learns from what they teach – and seeks to share it as the world they meet through.

Everyone teaches the world they believe is real. I see that we can be deceived and so I learn to listen beneath or prior to the manufactured mind and trust the freedom of being myself – resonates to others who of course are in their own unfolding experience.

Such events can open a can of worms in our own heart and mind that will destroy our peace – or deny our right to come back into our peace. Regardless who did what – we are the ones we have to live with, and cannot always get answers or justice or even understanding. But we live this day – and give it the purpose and focus and meaning that we strengthen and grow by sharing it.

Evil contains the seeds of its own destruction, but are we inextricably dragged down with it?

Steve Hayes
Sep 15, 2019 3:19 PM

Calling people names and pushing memes is hardly the way to educate.

George Mc
George Mc
Sep 15, 2019 2:58 PM

I don’t even think you have to bring in brainwave entrainment. Those (most of us? probably all of us) who were raised in a consumer capitalist society are conditioned since birth to pay for services which, in previous societies, were carried out directly by those who needed them e.g. we buy food, drink, clothes etc. – all of which are manufactured elsewhere. We even buy entertainment. Thus our attitude towards all these things becomes completely passive.

On the other hand, most who work do not get the direct benefit of their work i.e. they work for pay while their boss makes a profit. Ironically even the boss doesn’t necessarily use the goods produced. It’s all for monetary profit. Thus we are passive in our leisure time and passive in our working time. It’s a kind of zombie culture.

Sep 15, 2019 11:17 PM
Reply to  George Mc

I just read ‘entertrainment’. That’s pretty close, isn’t it?

Sep 15, 2019 11:51 PM
Reply to  George Mc

No woo woo needed. Human psychology. Members of cults will endure hours of discomfort listening to their Dear Leader ramble on. No one wants to be the first to break ranks. Group behavior. Very few will say the emperor has no clothes, or that the emperor is talking nonsense.
Now imagine a super cult formed from a large group of persons with no idea that they are in a cult. That is modern society. Not many think of ever breaking away. And those that do are marginalized, becoming “non-persons”.
The USA is both the Third Reich and the Soviet Union simultaneously. Schrodinger’s nation.

Sep 15, 2019 2:50 PM

Did the US have to knock itself in the teeth to attack Afghanistan or Irak? They even had to invent WMD for the latter.

9/11 could also have been the result of Murphy’s law.

What is moronic that no sleeping officials have been sacked or jailed for negligence.

Sep 15, 2019 5:50 PM
Reply to  Editor

If even the NSA had no advance warning on 9/11 and evacuated for a possible airliner attack on fort Meade, than only the actual perps knew:

Sep 16, 2019 11:03 AM
Reply to  Antonym

This made Snowden a reliable eye witness to a vital 9/11 clue, IF one is open to new info !!

Sep 15, 2019 6:34 PM
Reply to  Editor

“Criminal” negligence? Like General Arik Sharon in Israeli-occupied Lebanon, who was so Criminally negligent that the General not only did not act to stop a massacre but had his men light flares that helped the massacre continue into the night. The action of these top Defense Executives in the Bush regime named above (ChainGang, RummyLot, WolfoSchlitz) was Criminal negligence similar to that of General Sharon. At the very least, in a Court of Law, these men could be charged with Criminal negligence; but more reasonably, with conspiracy to harm the realm they had sworn to defend.