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Three New Reads: February

Philip Roddis

This month brings that rarest of occurrences. I’m recommending a Guardian piece: a tour of the mind of Jeff Bezos. You wouldn’t want to live there but I promise a rewarding trip.

Also, and for your instant erudition, we have Pepe Escobar on why DC is so antsy about whose gas Germany cooks with.

And to round it off nicely, Media Lens gives us the curated results of twenty years of politely framed enquiries to, and less than polite responses from, those workers on the front line of opinion manufacture we sometimes call journalists. If you struggle with the meaning of that term, you may find it helpful to keep in mind that they do what Julian Assange doesn’t.

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‘A Managerial Mephistopheles’: inside the mind of Jeff Bezos (6401 words)

In the ’70s I was co-founder of a five-strong wholefood co-op in a well to do Sheffield suburb. Young and dependent-free, we worked and played hard: paying ourselves a pittance to shave margins for affluent customers. We didn’t like capitalism, some of us less than others, but nor did we know the first thing about it. We supposed profits came from exploiting the customer.

By the early ’80s I’d been exposed to Marxism by a Maoist academic and, by the late ’80s, had read two volumes of Capital, some in a readers’ group led by a Trot, most alone. I learned that while capitalists can and do exploit consumers where conditions and the longer view allow it, year in/year out profits cannot be so explained.

To cut a long and highly dialectical story short, capitalism does not depend on ‘ripping off’ the customer. Rather, it depends on a systematic exploitation – normally hidden from exploiter and exploited alike [1] – of the unique capacity of human labour-power to create exchange values greater than its own.

Fast forward a few decades to the meteoric rise of Amazon. Has any company in history taken better care of so vast a customer base? And has any company, in the West at least, exemplified more perfectly the spirit of capitalism in its exploitation of a ruthlessly casualised workforce?

It’s rare for me to recommend, without irony or antipathy, a Guardian piece. In the past six years I recall doing so only once. Yet here I am recommending a Guardian Long Read from the start of this month. Inside the mind of Jeff Bezos, though showing a theoretical grasp no more advanced than mine had been while packing brown rice and Turkish figs for the well heeled of southwest Sheffield, features author Mark O’Connell in a fascinatingly close encounter with the cold heart and mortgaged soul of capitalism itself.

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Russia holds the key to German sovereignty (1531 words)

Pepe Escobar should – but doesn’t! – pay me for the number of times I plug his articles. Here I go again. I’ll keep this brief since I already gave a sneak preview in my recent post, Europe’s growing dilemma.

Here’s the Brazilian journalist doing yet again what he does best – diving below the idealist rhetoric of Western demonisation to dissect the realpolitik of East-West relations. While most of Pepe’s pieces centre on the action further south and east, here he has his sights on the chilly north by northwest. On the flow of Nord Stream 2, in fact.

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20 years of Media Lens: a selection of remarkable replies from journalists (4987 words)

There’s a reason, of course, for my naivety as a young man re the nature of capitalism. A reason too why otherwise intelligent people – instead of looking under the bonnet as Marx did, and as journalists like Pepe Escobar still do – take at face value demonisations of nations and leaders standing in the way of Western profits.

(When lockdown finally ends, try striking up a pub conversation about Nord Stream 2. Then try Navalny or the Skripals. See which topic falls flat, which one gets everybody piling in with beery sagacity on Putin devilry and the finer points of ‘chokicide.)

The reason for the first is our entrancement by the surface appearance of things: nicely captured in this case by the catch-phrase, ‘a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work’. The reason for the second is an evidence-defiant but all embracing understanding, its grip on the Western psyche at once soft and unrelenting, that ‘we are the good guys’.

Behind both lie the intricate networks of meaning some call The Matrix. Others prefer an older but much misunderstood term, ideology. We all of us do our bit, as workers in education and entertainment for instance, or simply as ordinary folk trying to get by – parents, say, wanting to do right by and for our kids – to perpetuate and renew those networks of meaning.

And here’s the thing: since the ruling ideas of any age are the ideas of its ruling class[2], few people speak of ideology or a ‘matrix’. They speak instead of common sense.

In sum, ideology is the way we make sense of our lives. As such its agent is Everyman. But one agency is singled out repeatedly in my writings, and those of Caitlin Johnstone, Jonathan Cook, Off-Guardian, Media Lens and others. I speak of our news media.

For reasons best articulated by Noam Chomsky[3], our media deceive us deeply but – here’s the best bit – do so in the main through subjectively honest journalists and editors. There are important exceptions of course, and grounds for saying their star is rising, but in the main these are men and women who do not set out to deceive us. Media corruption is systemic rather than conspired.[4]

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. But while sharing my understanding, and Chomsky’s, of why the media operate as they do, the Media Lens team has spent two decades politely taking individual journalists, many of them household names, to task over what they write and say. For a bigger perspective on their work, I recommend their book Propaganda Blitz, reviewed here.

Meanwhile this month’s third read gives the view from the trenches. And a revelatory view it is too. However low your opinion of journalists, I doubt you’ll be prepared for the sheer puerility of Graun cartoonist Martin Rowson…

‘[Media Lens] has succeeded in riling me. Well done. If I’m proved worng [sic] I’ll apologise. Meanwhile, fuck off & annoy someone else… No time for this anymore. Sorry. I stand convicted as a cunt. End of …’

…or the Beeb’s Gavin Esler to one he suspected of writing at Media Lens behest. (Like a good many journalists he’d stopped responding to questions, put by the ML team, whose legitimacy of substance and courtesy of tone you may judge for yourself.)

Said Esler:

Sorry but this medialens inspired stuff is very sophomoric. The last time I remember a robotic response from people like this was watching film of the nuremberg rallies. I always wondered why people marched to another’s beat without any obvious thought from themselves. Perhaps you know the answer, or perhaps you merely intend to keep marching.

Please don’t write to me again in someone else’s words. It is so embarrasing [sic] for you. Please learn to think for yourself.

But while this piece is entertaining at the level of human interest, don’t forget – not that Media Lens will let you – that these private purveyors of Prep School prickliness are also very public promoters, useful idiots beneath a greater or lesser veneer of critical detachment[5] of a status quo which trashes the planet for profit, and shepherds us down the road to Armageddon.

NOTES:

[1] “Normally hidden from exploiter and exploited alike”. As Marx observed, if the surface appearance of things revealed their true nature, science would be superfluous. [back]

[2] Not for the first or last time, I define a ruling class by its monopoly ownership of some essential – land, capital, or even other human beings – of wealth creation. Everything else flows from this defining characteristic. [back]

[3] Noam Chomsky: ‘media are big businesses selling privileged audiences to other big businesses. What picture of the world would a rational person expect to come out of this structure?’ [back]

[4] ‘Media corruption is … more systemic than conspired.’ The political economy of our media, specifically a 200 year reliance on advertising (two steps removed in the case of state broadcasters) makes it so. That this model is now under threat – hence the moves to rein in social media – complicates but does not yet sidestep that stark truth.

Since media practitioners are human beings, as steeped in dominant ideology as the rest of us, such systemic bias merges seamlessly, and in dialectical interplay, with wider biases. Slavoj Žižek said it is easier for us to envisage the end of the world than the end of capitalism. For his part Chomsky replied thus to interviewer Andrew Marr’s protest that he does not self censor at the BBC: ‘I don’t say you are self censoring. I’m sure you believe all you say. But what I’m saying is that if you believed something different, you wouldn’t be sitting in that chair.’ [back]

[5] Chomsky again: ‘the smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.’[back]

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Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Mar 1, 2021 6:32 PM

Capitalism works when three things are maintained for significant periods of time:

  1. Suppliers who can identify customers they wish to avoid.
  2. Customers who can identify suppliers they wish to avoid.
  3. Market dilution sufficient to allow customers and suppliers to avoid those they wish to avoid without going bankrupt.

The principles of ‘a unique selling point’ is relevant in capitalism. Traditional business schools teach you that there are only three USPs:

  1. Price.
  2. Quality.
  3. Differentiation.

This gives different customers the options they might seek: if you are cash poor, you will probably only be in the market at the lowest possible price points. That’s why the lowest cost producers find markets. If you are relatively affluent, you want products to be high quality, reliable and have good after-sales service. That is why Quality Producers find markets. And if you have very specific requirements for a particular product, you may buy something which is neither the cheapest nor the highest quality, but simply fits your own slightly different needs. That is why those that differentiate their products find markets.

The most important thing to embrace when thinking about how to fit into a capitalist system is simply knowing what kind of provider you are most comfortable being. I know full well that I simply don’t fit in as a low-cost provider, since my nature is to save up to buy high quality products that last. I am also a bit of a maverick, so I wouldn’t have problems selling slightly querky and oddball products either.

Another issue is finding a selling cycle that suits your temperament. Some people prefer selling to lots of customers most days, others are happy to wait three months for one sale. You’re only likely to embrace capitalism if you can find a niche to sell into which comes naturally to you.

A third issue is finding a niche which suits your work-life balance. There’s no point in entering a market place where the key success requirement is working 16hr days if your body only stays fresh and alert working 10hr days or less. If you are selling products at £2m a pop, you could probably make an excellent living on 5 sales a year if they rewarded you with 10% commissions. Whereas if you run a corner shop, being open long hours every day of the week is pretty key to making a half decent living. To each their own choices…

Capitalism goes in cycles, just as product arenas go in cycles. Saucepan technology has gone through hugh improvements the past 30 years, whereas it is likely that quality is now sufficient that future improvements are likely to be less radical. Selling saucepans may involve less technological knowledge in future and more simple selling of benefits.

Another thing to consider is that it is perfectly possible to ‘make money’ using a much more cooperative style – many of the great mutual building societies of Victorian origin started out as local people pooling their savings to lend to each other and their families. They avoided middle men, did not have shareholders and were not listed on stock exchanges. They still operated within capitalism, albeit in less abrasive circumstances.

If you’re not into blood on the walls, then avoid those areas of capitalism where it exists.

I experienced a lot of types of ‘capitalist organisation’ over 25 years. All were actually successful, but the way they rewarded people and treated people varied radically.

The ones I preferred didn’t use people, they embraced them.

Bullies tend to look for opportunities to make money by bullying others.

Bullies are bullies whether they are capitalists or communists, to be brutal.

People must be most careful when distinguishing between intrinsic human behaviour and capitalist systems which ‘force them’ to behave like that….

Tony_0pmoc
Tony_0pmoc
Mar 1, 2021 6:03 PM

I kind of dismissed some of this, because there are some basic errors. It’s a bit like reading Lyndon LaRouche 10 years ago, who I did have some respect for.
However, some of it is extremely interesting…and it leads to a massive deep tranche of what appears to me official documents, that I hadn’t seen before, none of which particularly surprised me, except the standards of the people who wrote them (most of them are quite recent). I long ago realised that the vast majority of British politicians were completely useless (with some honorable exceptions), but the creeps employed in The British Civil Service – either direct or indirect seem even worse. At least James Bond had some style. The Russians must be p1ssing themselves laughing at their incompetence. Some of its a bit like Monty Python arrives in Moscow.
https://www.sott.net/article/449414-New-revelations-shed-light-on-the-British-roots-of-the-Deep-State

Tony

Sarcophaguy
Sarcophaguy
Mar 1, 2021 10:16 AM

Where do you think I should upload the archives of the evidence of you violating your own policies?

Don’t worry, I won’t.

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Mar 1, 2021 1:03 PM
Reply to  Sarcophaguy

Stop posting under multiple monikers. Thank you. A2

Sarcophaguy
Sarcophaguy
Mar 1, 2021 1:21 PM
Reply to  Sam - Admin2

Excuse me, but since you’ve censored and deleted things repeatedly, and only after you done that tried to warn (undoubtedly to make yourself look good), and considering I know you’re fraudulent there’s no more reproach.

Btw, I only post with one moniker at a time, unlike you.

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Mar 1, 2021 2:03 PM
Reply to  Sarcophaguy

If you use any more threatening or goading language toward admin I will be forced to continue singling you out as a troll.

I’m pretty used to spotting trolling activity.

You appear to select a new identity each day and begin by posting legitimate-sounding, coherent posts. You then proceed to troll beneath them, seeding needless discord and generally becoming increasingly disparaging, abusive, incoherent and paranoid. You spam your own threads in multiple stream-of-consciousness self-replies.

How can this reasonably be viewed as anything other than destructive?

It is no great effort for me to remove your daily efforts, in line with our comment policy. I can review the day’s comments and very easily add your latest moniker to the spam folder as I go.

Or… if you are genuinely attempting to post in good faith here, and you’re just a bit mixed up atm, you do have the option to stop this. This game of cat and mouse is a lot more effort for you than me. And while you may get some comfort from railing against an authority figure, your efforts would be better placed elsewhere. And we don’t have time for that bullshit here.

So, please choose one identity. Post quality material. Accept that, if you’ve had a few too many or whatever and your comments deteriorate into bickering, abuse and strings of off-topic material, they will be removed. Please quit moaning like you’re being persecuted. Self pity really doesn’t fit this picture.

I am more than willing to reach out to you and get an agreement here. Or I’m happy to continue as is. Your choice. Think about it. A2

Steve Hayes
Steve Hayes
Mar 1, 2021 4:36 AM

The notion that corporate media journalists are sincere is far too generous. But even if it were true: there is no doubt that the same could be said of Julius Streicher, and he was put on trial at Nuremberg, found guilty of crimes against humanity for his journalism and hanged. But, as Udo Ulfkotte revealed, the corporate media push Washington propaganda as a matter of policy. Wikipedia, with the same corporate sincerity, labels Ulfkotte, with the CIA’s favoured weaponised noun, a conspiracy theorist.

George Mc
George Mc
Mar 1, 2021 9:22 AM
Reply to  Steve Hayes

In any age, the rulers must constantly monitor and control the information centres. It must have been easy in an age when hardly anyone could read. Mass literacy must have been a bummer to the overlords – but it could be managed anyway, as long as you control the flow of the media.

In the internet age, Wikipedia is the big go-to site for the vast majority. Therefore, you would expect it to be thoroughly controlled.

It may be the case that in any society, the truth will always be more likely found at the margins.

Steve Hayes
Steve Hayes
Mar 1, 2021 2:37 PM
Reply to  George Mc

Samantha Power publicly bemoaned the fact that the Internet had undermine the gatekeeper role of the corporate media. The New York Times published it: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/opinion/samantha-power-propaganda-fake-news.html

Charlie
Charlie
Mar 1, 2021 12:37 PM
Reply to  Steve Hayes

I agree, and it’s got far worse of course. What Chomsky said used to be more true, but the mask has now slipped so badly it takes real willful ignorance to swallow official lies, be you a journalist or a doctor… The violence of the responses to media lens is clear evidence of the cognitive dissonance, or look at Luke Harding’s reactions when Aaron Mate rubbed his nose in his turd of a book, they can’t survive even five minutes of polite enquiry.

Steve Hayes
Steve Hayes
Mar 1, 2021 2:06 PM
Reply to  Charlie

Aaron Mate’s interview with Luke Harding is a clear demonstration that corporate media journalists are willing propagandists for the deep state. For anyone who hasn’t seen it: https://youtu.be/9Ikf1uZli4g

tony_0pmoc
tony_0pmoc
Mar 1, 2021 2:07 AM

You get blown away…You Fail…it might be university it might be anything, you have lost it..You are on the dole again, you’ve lost your job, but worse than that you have lost your girlfriend…and it seems almost completely hopeless…if you actually get an interview…you travel all that way, and get blown away again…

You try and try, and you gradually improve your interview technique…Your girlfriend pretties you up…and says go for it…you will get this job…and you come back, no job, and she finishes with you…Goodbye, and you are still in love with her..and she says go away.

So you realise it is hopeless, but you haven’t given up yet…You might cry all alone for a little bit…

Then you try again, and you get the job..and you ask your new girlfriend – will you come with me from Lancashire to London…we won’t know anyone.

I have got to go, I am going…so I got my own place..and invited her down…she looked around – she said OK, I’m coming.

She’s still here.

Sunshine of my life.

We are winning – almost everyone knows COVID is no different from The Flu.

The Live Music Festivals are Back On.

Tony

Ataraxia
Ataraxia
Feb 28, 2021 10:37 PM

Lived in the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire in the eighties, climbers like me were a subset of that fringe in Sheffield. Nice to pick up a link.

gordan
gordan
Feb 28, 2021 9:37 PM

bozo bezos is just a cut out
gates as well
perverters deviant
front men for your hate

billy goat gates will soon transition
his wife husband has so why not bill
just kiddin
apart from the dicklet manlinda
may not be a lady
but she is all woman

anyways bill bill will be transitioning from covidius maximus
to
greta thutnbergvilla
weather

global warming and cooling
acid rain and alkaline
climates changing
floodings and desertifications
global brighting and dimming
blue skies ahead and grey
his bosses have a plan
gates has written a book
not about windows 10 but weather

vaxed covidiots converting soon to carbon
die you suckers so the not so ball earth
can fabian society fucking live

soon a mao year zero
cycles or walking for sum
amazon cardboard coffin
sale price £66 and 6 pennies
free transport and cremation service streamed on you tube
all guaranteed
carbon neutral

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Feb 28, 2021 8:22 PM

“sheer puerility of Graun cartoonist Martin Rowson” — really, I object to him being characerized like that. His cartoons are detailed and often are based on classic works of art or cartoons and invariably show very deep structure.

I really like what we call in the US “Editorial Cartoons” because they can display in a single image a wealth of ideas and information. A good cartoonist doesn’t need to be directly insulting or crude but often assumes that the person looking at it has enough of a background to understand the allegories being used. We do,however, live in a literal age so its quite possible that many people don’t see anything below the surface because they’ve never been trained to think in that way (……all the better to control them….).

-CO
-CO
Feb 28, 2021 8:21 PM

According to Chomsky the use of language is due to a so-called ‘creative principle’ but not a causal one. But even that principle is itself a causal principle how can it not be?

Sarcophaguy
Sarcophaguy
Feb 28, 2021 9:36 PM
Reply to  -CO

Here’s a strange thing, I can’t think of anything that I remember Chomsky saying. Why do you think that is?

-CO
-CO
Feb 28, 2021 10:07 PM
Reply to  Sarcophaguy

Probably because what you think that you can’t remember what he did say was not worth remembering! 😉

Sarcophaguy
Sarcophaguy
Feb 28, 2021 10:43 PM
Reply to  -CO

I wouldn’t know, but that seems to be a distinct possibility.

Dr MBender
Dr MBender
Mar 1, 2021 12:17 AM
Reply to  Sarcophaguy

Word salad isn’t very filling.

George Mc
George Mc
Mar 1, 2021 9:24 AM
Reply to  Sarcophaguy

One thing I will never forget Chomsky saying is that, even if the JFK assassination and 9/11 were caused by internal conspiracies, “Who cares?”

Kalen
Kalen
Feb 28, 2021 10:52 PM
Reply to  -CO

His creative principle of language comes from idea of innate language acquired via means of generative procedure, common procedure we humans are endowed with, located in the virtual brain center, similar to hearing or sight virtual areas. Other animals vocalize they emotional states in order to warn others but that communication is not a language of thought that is structure and abstract. Animals cannot express emotions that they may encounter next day vocalizing or about danger that is far undetected yet. People can not only vocalize but verbalize such emotions encoded in common language structure.

We all have, as Chomsky posited, innate language describing our parallel running consciousness and unconscious thought process that is serialized and translated, based on rules of innate language generative procedure (syntax and semantics, making up words and sentences as they go to capture message precisely), into external communication language that is actually serialized in order to be vocalized and verbalized by brain center of speech.

All multilingual perfect speakers do not translate their sentences from one external language to another but they think in given language they actually speak in given moment.

The path of what we call language translation is directed from thought to language of verbalization of that thought, not from one verbalization of thought to another verbalization of the same thought.

-CO
-CO
Feb 28, 2021 11:59 PM
Reply to  Kalen

That doesn’t solve Chomskys problem and even poses more problems regarding innate language concept – not sure what you mean by ‘ virtual brain centre’s or ‘parallel running consciousness ‘ the latter is a serial processor (one thing at a time) and the unconscious is a parallel processor (everything at once).

Kalen
Kalen
Mar 1, 2021 6:47 AM
Reply to  -CO

Here it is Chomsky lecture of Universal innate language, generative procedures..

https://youtu.be/7Sw15-vSY8E

-CO
-CO
Mar 1, 2021 1:22 PM
Reply to  Kalen

Kalen, do you find Chomsky’s position as being unproblematic or do you have any reservations with reference to proof and demonstration – particularly regarding the alleged universality of its innateness??

Kalen
Kalen
Mar 1, 2021 7:42 PM
Reply to  -CO

I am not a linguist so I just say that it is compelling theory that posits interesting questions other theories ignore but unfortunately similarly to other theories language lack hard evidences while providing plenty of indirect evidences. The lack of hard evidences is in most part due to inability of ethically design required experiments involving humans.

As I understand the difference between broadly adopted behavioral linguistics BL and Chomsky universal grammar is, to use computer analogy, that BL considers language as externally loaded program that stores and processes externally encoded verbal data, decodes it stores it, and then generate verbal output as well as other sensor-motory output.

Such approach as Chomsky argues, would require conscious learning of language, like computer, operating system language, before externally loaded program could be executed, what is seemingly inconceivable among infants who execute language program having given no knowledge how to execute it.

Chomsky argues that chimpanzee case shown that without apriori knowledge, or innate language mechanism data or program can be externally loaded but cannot be executed. in other words One can hear language but never figure out rules of encoding and abstract nature of it if one does not know what language is already.

Universal Gramma, UG as Chomsky understands it, can be compared to hard coded processor in our brain that can receive external vocalizations interprets them as verbalizations and analyze them as such, extracting meaning (universal semantics) and via means of generative procedure (universal syntax) create verbal or non verbal response of encoded language.

What we call specific language (English etc.,) is in fact not different language but just a different implementation of the same universal grammar using different sounds and labels Chomsky calls atomic elements of universal language filled with different oratory content.

The interesting issue in the middle of BL and UG debate is why we seem to think in specific languages and not in universal language of thought if it exists. Chomsky points out that from birth blind-deaf-mute people seems to think in touch language, can use computer, understand computer programming with no verbalizing at all.

I may add that already Kant noticed in his Critique of Pure Reason that we all have built in time and space aesthetics and fundamental innate categories of thought nobody taught us, in other words were are hardwired how to think but free what to think.

-CO
-CO
Mar 1, 2021 8:57 PM
Reply to  Kalen

Kalen, a priori knowledge is problematic for Chomsky. Why? Because it presupposes that a form of superior ‘knowledge’ already exists concerning the nature and conditions for producing a priori knowledge BEFORE the a priori knowledge process is alleged to operate! How does Chomsky get out of that problem?

Kalen
Kalen
Mar 1, 2021 11:05 PM
Reply to  -CO

I think Chomsky presumes biological determination of innate or transcendental knowledge determining how to think.

I do not know Chomsky’s specific opinion on Kant’s transcendental knowledge which supposedly transcends sensory experience (not only human experience) and is supposedly used to conceptualize sense perceptions into objects and phenomena via imposing aesthetic filters on detected sensory events.

However, others would rather use analogy of human mind as a universal machine (attitude Chomsky shares) that can produce anything but only within its “mechanical” limits, special purpose, principles upon which it was designed or evolved into.

And hence knowledge of such machine design itself is therefore of transcendental nature, independent of what machine actually processes, rigid unchangeable and in fact imposes certain rigid interpretation on input and output data it processes.

For hammer machine everything is nail to be hammered, that is all the machine perceives, conceptualizes and there is all this machine does.

With lack of hard data many speculative ideas seem possible.

-CO
-CO
Mar 1, 2021 11:49 PM
Reply to  Kalen

The problem that transcendental epistemology faces if thats what Chomsky has in mind, is an infinite regress of which there is no way out! His idea that human minds are machine-like follows the central dogma of biology it’s just based on analogy. However, we do as human beings depend on fertilized eggs, but I have never come across a machine that came from a machine egg have you?

Donnie
Donnie
Feb 28, 2021 8:18 PM

“The appalling death toll that continues to mount during the coronavirus pandemic is largely rooted, not merely in government ‘incompetence’, but in criminal dereliction of its core duties in a supposedly democratic society.”- Thus Spoke Media Lens on 18th May 2020. Unsubscribed from all further ML emails immediately. Bloody Pied Pipers.

Thomas
Thomas
Mar 1, 2021 1:25 PM
Reply to  Donnie

I gave up on Media Lens several years ago when they dismissed any notion of 9/11 being an inside job with the same type of condescending, brainless remarks that they spend their time highlighting within the corporate media.

Voz 0db
Voz 0db
Feb 28, 2021 8:17 PM

I’ve a FUNNIER read for all!

Remember those nuns that died right after the MIRACLE COVIDIUS JAB?!

Two sisters at Villa Hills monastery die from COVID-19 after 28 test positive

The outbreak comes just two days after the sisters got their first COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Well… They keep on paying the price of being IGNORANT and IRRESPONSIBLE!

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Voz 0db
Voz 0db
Feb 28, 2021 7:28 PM

inside the mind of Jeff Bezos
The only thing that can make me waste time reading anything related to that MF terrorist is if this is the image that appears after that text
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Orthus
Orthus
Feb 28, 2021 7:11 PM

Journalists, not so bad eh?

Laying into the likes of Piers Corbyn and Toby Young is a pleasure as much as a journalistic duty.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/27/it-is-only-a-matter-of-time-before-we-turn-on-the-unvaccinated
Cohen again.

Derf
Derf
Mar 1, 2021 1:03 AM
Reply to  Orthus

Karma will prevail ….. potato heads like him will find it difficult to delete his history !

Wayne Vanderploeg
Wayne Vanderploeg
Feb 28, 2021 7:07 PM

They saw him coming and no one did anything about it. Should they have? Years ago one of the major outlet magazines (my brain keeps saying it was 60 minutes but it has not been confirmed yet) interviewed Bezos. At the time his business was losing money hand over fist but he was confident that would change. My brain was telling me to buy stock. I had no money. As the saying goes…..It takes money to make money. He just kept expanding until he did not “show” a loss. How did that happen? Personally, I think he is still losing money and hides it well. I would sell and get out while I was ahead. Why isn’t he? He is still coming. But why? I would like to see his tax returns.

Wayne Vanderploeg
Wayne Vanderploeg
Feb 28, 2021 7:23 PM

Bezos interview from 1999. NBC. Can’t locate the 60 minutes interview.

Ryan Matters
Ryan Matters
Feb 28, 2021 6:32 PM

Why not use Archive.org links for Guardian instead of giving them traffic?

Willem
Willem
Feb 28, 2021 5:51 PM

Not sure if this copies, but took it from the media lens website that Roddis refers to

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I used to like the quote, but now I start to think: does this not also apply to Chomsky? Was Chomsky, perhaps, thinking about himself when he made that quote to Andrew Marr?

Takes one, to know one.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Feb 28, 2021 6:25 PM
Reply to  Willem

“It is sad that some still do not recognize that Chumpsky made no great revelations. That others have observed such things before he came on the scene. Propaganda and advertising are based on the manipulation of personal and group psychology. For shame lionizing a disingenuous unethical CORPORATE FASCIST hack.

THX-1154
THX-1154
Feb 28, 2021 10:43 PM
Reply to  S Cooper

Noam Chomsky and the Compatible Left, parts 1 – 4

Takes one, to know one.

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum — even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate. — Noam Chomsky

S Cooper
S Cooper
Mar 1, 2021 4:45 AM
Reply to  THX-1154

“Baby Debs says, ‘Chumpsky and all the rest of ‘THE BIG LIE’ SCAMDEMIC peddling jackbooted crocodile teared CORPORATE FASCIST FABIAN EUGENICIST brownshirt charlatan fraudsters can rot in Hell.'”
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gordan
gordan
Feb 28, 2021 7:43 PM
Reply to  Willem

the image above a chumpski
i see ugly decay deception
a pirate
a teller of tales
edward said snuffed out
had this chump this gatekeeper for breakfast lunch and dinner

chump a teller of tall convoluted khazar stories
yet he said the 9 and 11 believe the faecal nist report
believe the bush believe rabbi dov zackheim

a rabbi asking the goyim to believe another rabbi

indeed
as so it goes on
already
into saturn infinity

-CO
-CO
Mar 1, 2021 7:53 PM
Reply to  Willem

Well, even Chomsky has to get off his ass from time to time and sit somewhere else despite the fact that he doesn’t really believe in something that differs from his own theoretical position.

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Feb 28, 2021 5:41 PM

Bezos is “without operating system”, a play upon Bulgakov’s Bezdomny (homeless), or the man who played upon his own name, Bezmenov (in Ruslish could be “useful idiots”) while we ignored him.

You and I are without, wandering lost, while they laugh.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Feb 28, 2021 5:25 PM

“For those who want to hit Amazon where it hurts, (for Amazon it is in its pocketbook) disable its delivery system, (Amazon Prime trucks etc.) starting with the tires. Make it impossible for it to continue its reign of terror. Support mom and pop brick and mortar stores worldwide. Make the WAR RACKETEER CORPORATE FASCIST OLIGARCH MOBSTER PSYCHOPATHS sweat and bleed.”

“Now for some Debs.”
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https://www.tumblr.com/search/v%20debs

YouTube_censors_unfortuna
YouTube_censors_unfortuna
Feb 28, 2021 4:15 PM

Great article. American and British conservatives were wrong about billionaires being the good guys.

Donald Duck
Donald Duck
Feb 28, 2021 4:12 PM

‘The Ruling Ideology is the ideology of the ruling class” … that was simply common knowledge among those people who worked for a living and it hasn’t changed; its part of lived experience of the working class. Or as Marx/Engels put it:

”The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, that is, the class which is the ruling material force in society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class that has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time of the means mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas that those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it.” Theses on Feuerbach.

Nothing to it really – nothing difficult to understand, just common sense. Some people get it, others, perhaps the majority, have other fish to fry, like gazing into the IPhone for 12 hours per day.

I suppose it is really quite tragic the way that ordinary, decent people are systematically shafted on a daily basis by the PTB. According to Orwell ‘If there is any future it lies in the power of the Proles. But he added it is only walk down the street and look into the faces passing you by that this becomes an act of faith.”

So here’s the fix we’re in. We can’t act before we know, but we can’t know before we act.

captain spam
captain spam
Feb 28, 2021 4:03 PM

People are too hard on poor old Jeff Bezos. Sure, he doesnt allow unions or bathroom breaks, but he does give the workers adult diapers. What more do they want? Some people are just never satisfied.

Maxwell
Maxwell
Feb 28, 2021 3:42 PM

Two videos well worth the time:
WHO INSIDERS BLOW THE WHISTLE ON TOTAL IMMUNITY OF BILL GATES THROUGH GAVI – GLOBAL VACCINE ALLIANCE

https://www.bitchute.com/video/s8ywf3Y47oZ4/

Dmitry Orlov about the 2020 crisis, the Great Reset and the future:


Loverat
Loverat
Feb 28, 2021 7:04 PM
Reply to  Maxwell

Excellent interview, thank you.

Kika
Kika
Feb 28, 2021 10:21 PM
Reply to  Maxwell

I watched Orlov’s video. Interesting comments about old klaus swab – Orlov describes his ‘Great Re-set’ ideas as ‘wishful thinking’ and says klaus has tried this one before but with no success.

Orlov sees the breakdown in finance/society/resources/supplies as the main killer in coming years.

Judith
Judith
Feb 28, 2021 10:30 PM
Reply to  Maxwell

Maxwell, these were extremely interesting!! Thank you.

I am going to try and link them to the Corbett Report. I wonder if James Corbett knows all those details about Gates wanting to become a nation-state at WHO! LOL I wish they could have talked to this woman for longer. I will see if she has a site.

I have never listened or read Dmitry Orlov although I have heard his name. Or perhaps I have read something on offguardian and didn’t pay attention to the author’s name. And who is this fellow doing the interviewing?

Thanks again!

THX-1154
THX-1154
Mar 1, 2021 2:12 AM
Reply to  Judith

I have never listened or read Dmitry Orlov although I have heard his name.

http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2021/02/a-conversation-with-piero-san-giorgio.html

Judith
Judith
Mar 1, 2021 2:26 AM
Reply to  THX-1154

Thanks!

ed johnson
ed johnson
Mar 1, 2021 3:39 AM
Reply to  Judith

Piero San Giorgio

Judith
Judith
Mar 1, 2021 2:18 PM
Reply to  ed johnson

Thank you!

Grace Johns
Grace Johns
Mar 1, 2021 12:05 AM
Reply to  Maxwell

Thank you for posting this – so refreshing to see discussion of all the world’s societies not assuming US and Euro exclusivity.

Martin
Martin
Feb 28, 2021 3:21 PM

I’m reading Mark O’Connell’s To Be a Machine. Highly recommend this insight int AI Consciousness and a really scary future

Sean Veeda
Sean Veeda
Feb 28, 2021 2:45 PM

Here’s something you won’t see any journalists reporting. The WHO has working definitions of Variant of Interest (VOI) and Variant of Concern (VOC), which is tantamount to the following:

A VOI either meets some objective criteria, or the WHO declares it is so.
A VOC is a VOI which either meets some objective criteria, or the WHO declares it is so.

So this is how it goes: the WHO randomly declares a VOC, and the media tells us it meets all these objective criteria (which it doesn’t) and scares the living shit out of the general population. This may be how the whole scam started.

Here’s the link. I’m looking at the PDF on Weekly epidemiological update – 25 February 2021:

https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/covid-19-weekly-epidemiological-update

Here are the definitions:

Working Definition of “SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Interest”

A SARS-CoV-2 isolate is a variant of interest (VOI) if it is phenotypically changed compared to a reference isolate or has a genome with mutations that lead to amino acid changes associated with established or suspected phenotypic implications;

AND

has been identified to cause community transmission/multiple COVID-19 cases/clusters, or has been detected in multiple countries;

OR

is otherwise assessed to be a VOI by WHO in consultation with the WHO SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution Working Group.

Working Definition of “SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern”

A VOI (as defined above) is a variant of concern (VOC) if, through a comparative assessment, it has been demonstrated to be associated with

• Increase in transmissibility or detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology;

• Increase in virulence or change in clinical disease presentation; or

• Decrease in effectiveness of public health and social measures or available diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics.

OR

assessed to be a VOC by WHO in consultation with the WHO SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution Working Group.

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Feb 28, 2021 2:30 PM

Story 1: Anyone with a fake name should be doubted. Research Jorgensen-Gise and report back.

Story 2: Without Russia there would be no Europe.

Story 3: Journalists do not matter.

Howard
Howard
Feb 28, 2021 3:00 PM
Reply to  Moneycircus

I’m going to wax Google: did you mean Gise-Jorgensen?

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Feb 28, 2021 3:26 PM
Reply to  Howard

His names are Jorgensen and Gise… he chose to adopt neither his birth father nor his birth mother’s name but that of his adopted father

Yet he was devoted to his grandfather Preston Gise.

So why and what is Jeff Bezos trying to hide? The fact that he is DARPA aristocracy.

All your social media and e-commerce giants root back to the U.S. government and military. The Internet nerd is just a meme.

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Feb 28, 2021 3:55 PM
Reply to  Moneycircus

When you are the world’s richest man and your wealth comes easily — while the businesses you destroy took people’s lives to build — should you not account for your sins? Or at least, for your lies?

The man Bezos calls his dad, Mike Bezos, is not his biological father.

  “My dad came here from Cuba all by himself without speaking English when he was 16 years old, and has been kicking ass ever since. Thank you for all the love and heart, Dad!” — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) June 17, 2018

pic.twitter.com/nuavG0yEtM

Jeff Bezos’s biological father, Ted Jorgensen, was located in Glendale, Arizona in 2012 by reporter Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and Amazon.

https://www.yourtango.com/2019320708/who-is-ted-jorgensen-details-about-jeff-bezos-biological-father

Like Obama, Bezos had a teenage mother, and lost contact with his biological father. In both cases, their mother was the connection to the Deep State.

Both had a maternal grandfather connected to state security. In Barry’s case CIA (mother and grandfather), in Jeffrey’s case, DARPA and its laboratories.

“Despite being a teen mother, it’s not like Jackie Bezos [née Gise] grew up in a trailer park or anything. Her father was a high level official with the Atomic Energy Commission who supervised the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore laboratories. Her father was major influence on Jeff growing up, with his wide-ranging knowledge of science.”

https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2014/4/25/forget-jeff-bezos-his-parents-mike-and-jackie-are-the-people.html

Jeff’s grandfather, Lawrence Preston Gise (1915-1995), known as Preston after whom Jeff is named, was appointed by Congress to be western regional director of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in Albuquerque. Operating out of headquarters in Albuquerque, he supervised the region’s 26,000 employees at the national laboratories, which also included Sandia, along with Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore.

Before joining the AEC, Gise (rhymes with “dice”) had worked for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research and development arm of the Department of Defense that was created in 1958 and the arm which created the internet.

I thought he was a bookseller? Bezos was one of the first shareholders in Google, when he invested $250,000 in 1998.

Intended to be a creative counterbalance to conventional military thinking in research and development, DARPA was formed, according to its official mission statement, “to assure that the United States maintains a lead in applying state-of-the-art technology for military capabilities and to prevent technological surprise from her adversaries.”

Young Jeffrey Jorgensen idolized his grandfather, learning to herd cattle on grandpa’s 25,000 acres Cotulla, Texas Ranch. He was a mean hand at castrating bulls, too. You might say that was good practice for his future role.

***

Kerosene was the origin of the Rockefeller fortune… it was while looking for kerosene to sell as medicine, that William Avery Rockefeller struck oil. His son J.D. built the business and grandson David, the World Trade Center.

When it came time to replace the WTC, we are told it was consumed in a fire of kerosene.

Nano-Thermite was developed at Lawrence Livermore University, linked to Los Alamos, that once was overseen by Jeffrey’s grandfather.

https://www.ae911truth.org/evidence/faqs/359-faq-6-what-is-nanothermite-could-it-have-been-used-to-demolish-the-twin-towers-and-wtc-7

***

If you believe the story about “Jeff Bezos” the bookseller… I’ve got George Washington bridge to sell you. I might even demolish it for you.

It a small world and they plan to keep it that way.

dr death
dr death
Mar 1, 2021 7:52 PM
Reply to  Moneycircus

well stated, the same can be said for gates, musk, the googles, faceborg etc etc

welcome to DARPA world..

of course all of their fortunes are fake as well.. it’s mostly fake most of it….

but the bbc spins the woody allen of windows, as an electronic engineering genius and an expert in global health… .

they are whatever the media lies into existence…. apparently.

Wayne Vanderploeg
Wayne Vanderploeg
Feb 28, 2021 6:54 PM
Reply to  Moneycircus

So what is your real name…..

Barovsky
Barovsky
Feb 28, 2021 8:42 PM

Who cares

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Mar 2, 2021 4:38 PM

Above all, my family is not interesting. There is no story to tell. Jorgensen-Gise has a very influential heritage — fascinating, too — that he chooses to hide.

Journalists should be interested. They’re not. Could it be relevant that Jorgensen-Gise owns one of the most famous outlets, the Washington Post? Still not a story?

That he is one of the CIA’s biggest contractors (cloud provider) and owns the newspaper known to be the CIA’s main outlet? Still not a story?

A pseudonym is not a fake name. Minnows often have jobs to keep or relatives to protect. Do the wealthy need to hide (supposedly the world’s richest man) — and, if so, why?

Thom
Thom
Feb 28, 2021 2:15 PM

But Bezos’s business model only seems to work when small stores are closed, people need to wear masks in supermarkets (making it an unpleasant experience), and right-wing politicians help his corporation pay a derisory level of tax. That doesn’t suggest a successful, sustainable business, whatever his shills in the media say.

YouTube_censors_unfortuna
YouTube_censors_unfortuna
Feb 28, 2021 4:31 PM
Reply to  Thom

Great comment, Thom, and it made me bit happy in thinking the right way about that bastard.

Marcello
Marcello
Feb 28, 2021 6:05 PM
Reply to  Thom

Yes its opportunistic not a business model
Locusts have a better business model

Davemass
Davemass
Feb 28, 2021 1:58 PM

Chomsky correct-
Western ‘democracy’ is people can have and express their views without fear, ‘cos the PTB know they hold all the cards, so hence all power.
Nothing changes.

el Gallinazo
el Gallinazo
Feb 28, 2021 2:09 PM
Reply to  Davemass

Expressing your views without fear is so yesterday!

Judith
Judith
Feb 28, 2021 3:52 PM
Reply to  el Gallinazo

Like breathing.

Ort
Ort
Feb 28, 2021 8:35 PM
Reply to  el Gallinazo

An appropriately outraged acquaintance recently expressed incredulity that YouTube and other venues are aggressively censoring and “disappearing” the work of respectable professionals, merely for expressing reasonable, qualified non-mainstream opinions and analysis on medical/health issues.

I promptly retorted, “Oh, don’t be so 2019!”

Judith
Judith
Mar 1, 2021 12:05 AM
Reply to  Ort

Wow – you actually have an appropriately outraged acquaintance???

Lucky you!

Actually, I have one. ONE. Thank God because it gets pretty scary out here alone.

Had two conversations this weekend with friends I have known for over 40 years.

1st friend:

Did you get your vaccine?

No.

Are you going to?

No.

Aren’t you worried about dying if you get the virus?

No.

Well, we have to develop herd immunity…..(i.e. selfish selfish selfish)

2nd friend:

You don’t wear a mask?

No.

What about the millions of people who have died?

Maybe it was influenza viruses that were called covid19?…..

I see these two friends on weekly zooms. Neither had known my views about this nightmare. One was more receptive to my reasoning. One was more upset about my reasoning.

There is a reason I keep closeted about my stance. I come away from conversations like this doubting myself and all of the material I have read/watched/listened to over the past year. It’s very unsettling.

Which is so 2020.

Ort
Ort
Mar 1, 2021 9:08 PM
Reply to  Judith

Well, since we both have one bona-fide scamdemic skeptic acquaintance, our “Wow”s cancel out. 😉

I must admit that I’d had qualms about becoming virtually solitary since I retired in 2012, but the scamdemic has completely purged those qualms. I’m pleased to stay far from the masked and madding crowd. 

I do keep in touch with my small family (siblings and their children), but since all but one (the “acquaintance”) are in thrall to the scamdemic narrative it’s a– relief? Pleasure? Hmm, I think the best word is “comfort” that we’ve agreed to disagree, and don’t discuss our irreconcilable opposing opinions.

I respect and applaud the commenters and activists who are ready, willing, and able to engage both acquaintances and strangers who self-righteously buy into and promote the official Megadeath Virus of Doom and its draconian New Abnormal. But frankly, I think that those who argue that skeptics have a duty or obligation to inform and persuade the scamdemic-enthralled have a natural temperament for proselytizing in the first place.

I’ve mentioned one old friend who’s been on the fence about whether the MVD is “real”, and as lethal as the official narrative claims. But despite our long history and my affection for her, I find our discussions frustrating and trying. I think I’ve helped her to see through some of the scam, which is gratifying, but it doesn’t encourage me to dive into the COVID can of viruses with True Believers.

I’m not criticizing or faulting you at all, but it’s a shame that your exchanges with True Believers cause you to doubt or question your entirely appropriate and hard-won skepticism. I assume that if I ever did get “into it” with my terrorized vaccine-devotee relatives, I would become furiously exasperated and probably incoherent. 

But, FWIW, I see no possibility that I would come away wondering if their perspective (based on uncritical acceptance of both the top-down narrative and Establishment/mainstream mass-media sources) might be right, and I might be wrong. 

One belief that has persisted into 2021 is: it’s them, not you (i.e., us)! 😉

Judith
Judith
Mar 1, 2021 10:31 PM
Reply to  Ort

Thanks, Ort. The term you used – “incoherent” – leapt out. That is exactly how I become when I am nervously trying to explain myself. And because of that words come flying out of my mouth before I know what I’m saying.

Early on, last Spring, I used the term “scamdemic”, which generally I don’t use, but because I was nervous…. The person I was speaking with took that term to heart. The converation went downhill from there.

And last night duriing one of the conversations about the MVD one friend said (after she’d asked me what about all the people dying) “well, I know you always refer to “the nonsense”” We are good enough pals that I apologized and explained what I meant and that I used that term about the narrative, not about the virus.

Well, today I watched two powerful videos – David Martin and Reimer Fuellmich on Planetlockdown – and feel a bit more balanced. They both pull no punches.

By the way, loved your reference to “Hair”. We memorized so many of the songs from that album. Such fun singing those scathing lyrics! What innocence. Ironically, just yesterday I was perusing the Education Forum site and found a transcript interview with Mae Brussell talking about the Manson murders. My god, that woman was prescient. The way she described the hippy movement before it got usurped by the CIA and FBI. She described the early scene out where she lived in CA. Although she was not a part of it she loved the feeling and loved meeting the kids who traveled through her area.

I know much as been written about laurel canyon and what went on in the rock scene of that age, but I also know what she meant about the movement early on. There was a pocket of community and of lightness. She witnessed what happened to bring it all down.

I agree with her theory. They couldn’t let the hippy movement, the youth movement, the ant war movement continue. They had to trash it. And the manson murders were the nail in the coffin.

Howard
Howard
Feb 28, 2021 1:29 PM

The problem with journalism isn’t journalists, propaganda, or even especially the system. The problem is that age old bugaboo: career. Or as Ayn Rand liked to call it: work and earning a living.

In a word: work and earning a living sucks. It is the harbinger of every evil ever inflicted upon this planet.

“Gotta feed my family!” is the unstated epitaph lurking just beneath the surface of every gravestone of every human ever slaughtered in the pursuit of (fill in the blank).

“I’m a journalist: tell me what to say. Gotta feed my family.” Hope they choke.

el Gallinazo
el Gallinazo
Feb 28, 2021 2:08 PM
Reply to  Howard

I think the problem runs a little deeper than that. After all, even hunter-gatherers 30,000 years ago had to “work” to feed their families or starve. Usually conducted by people without uteruses hunting and those with, gathering. I don’t think that issue has to do with the necessity of people, with or without uteruses, to produce goods of value, but rather the monopolization, in the case of purported journalists, of media into the almost total control of billionaire oligarchs and their sycophant politicians. As to hunter-gatherers, physiologist archeologists can view the transition from their mode to sedentary farming by dating the age of the bones. The hunter-gatherers were strikingly healthier and more robust in every way.

Edwige
Edwige
Feb 28, 2021 2:08 PM
Reply to  Howard

The problem with journalism is that it’s thoroughly infiltrated by intelligence agencies and secret societies:

http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg%20Subject%20Index%20Files/B%20Disk/Bernstein%20Rolling%20Stone%20Articles%20CIA/Item%2001.pdf

Bernstein’s article may be a classic limited hangout but it still gets closer to the truth than anything else from a vaguely mainstream source. The limitations include that Bernstein excluded his own Washington Post from infiltration and he hadn’t discovered that the operation was called Mockingbird (that came out the following year).

See also the moment in the Church Committee when Colby is asked about how many assets the CIA had working in TV and he asks to go into closed session.

Judith
Judith
Feb 28, 2021 3:53 PM
Reply to  Howard

Asking in earnest – what is the alternative?

el Gallinazo
el Gallinazo
Feb 28, 2021 11:34 PM
Reply to  Judith

Even though your question was not directed at me, may I suggest Algorism. Four of its most articulate spokespeople are James Corbett, Derrick Broze, John Bush, and Whitney Webb. No one has all the answers but all are working toward the gathering and mulling over working ideas. You might also watch The Greater Reset which ran concurrently and as a counter to Klaus (the anal) Schwab’s World Economic Forum. (As Klaus is at core a mafioso don, he needs an appropriate New York City mafia middle name.) Corbett has a weekly podcast called Solutions Watch.

The fundaments of Algorism are:
1) The non-aggression principal
2) Voluntarism. People should not be coerced to act at the threat of a cage, and ultimately the point of a gun to put you in the cage.
3) Recognition that government was, from the dawn of history, the invention of the predator / parasite class.
4) Decentralization and cooperation in transactions between individuals.

Of course the biggest question is how people of good heart can organized to withstand and survive the current global Orwellian dystopic coup d’etat and avoid their agenda of universal slavery. Millions of voices need to discuss it and each have their input.

BTW, I also suggest that people watch Corbett’s most recent video, Precedent Trump, which should disabuse anyone of the idea that electing our overseers is the answer.

https://www.corbettreport.com/

Judith
Judith
Feb 28, 2021 11:42 PM
Reply to  el Gallinazo

Thanks El Gallinazzo – Yes, I am a daily Corbett reader and member so am familiar with his views, and have heard some of the other folk you speak of.

In theory, Algorism sounds good, but in practice, I wonder. I think it will take a huge shift.

I’m not sure that algorism is even possible except perhaps in small pockets. But, then, anything is possible, I suppose.

I second your recommendation of PRECEDENT TRUMP!!!! Really good episode! I loved Kilkenny. So honest about his “hopium”. I felt the same way.

ZenPriest
ZenPriest
Feb 28, 2021 4:04 PM
Reply to  Howard

The people are free to choose a career which does not involve lying, being Machiavellian, exploiting others (as much as is possible).
The problem isn’t careers per se, but that people don’t think that much and mostly don’t give a shit about others and the world in general.
In the same way I don’t see Capitalism as the problem, if the average person lived conscientiously then disgusting businesses wouldn’t prosper.

wardropper
wardropper
Feb 28, 2021 5:40 PM
Reply to  ZenPriest

A good point.

It is also possible to take a religious view which fits exactly with that scenario:
The idea that man has, due to his self-conscious choices, the limitless possibility of falling into error (sometimes perfectly willingly in the interests of short-term gratification), and of learning from those mistakes.

A footnote to that view might be that our human evolution is simply a question of surviving those mistakes, although of course there is always the possibility of actually listening to the wisdom of others, and not making every single mistake in the book in our efforts to learn that wisdom for ourselves…

Right now, at any rate, we seem to be testing the limits of what our evolution can tolerate…

By the way, a spamcheck on a comment like this is not at all okay.

dr death
dr death
Mar 1, 2021 8:02 PM
Reply to  ZenPriest

the problem is that mankind has somehow managed to survive…..

Willem
Willem
Feb 28, 2021 5:26 PM
Reply to  Howard

To live a decent life, and not die of hunger, that is the question

wardropper
wardropper
Feb 28, 2021 5:42 PM
Reply to  Willem

Fine, as long as the ‘authorities’ don’t disagree with you…